Specsavers opticians in Oldham have pledged to help keep local school children safe by donating high visibility vests to local primary schools.
Yewtree Infant School, St Herbert’s RC Primary School and Oldham Hulme Grammar School were each presented with 100 vests by Marie Sulzycki and Sarah McKenzie from the Oldham store.
Pupils at Yewtree Infant School also took part in a special assembly with Sarah and Marie and Julie Williams from Unity Partnership, to learn about the importance of road safety when they are out in the community.
Road Safety Week
The high visibility vests were donated to the school as part of an initiative set up by Specsavers, ahead of Road Safety Week, to increase the safety of local children when out and about by making it easier for motorists to spot them.
Marie commented: ‘At this time of year with the dark mornings and nights, combined with increasingly wintery weather, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians. Dusk is particularly hazardous as it is when the children are walking home from school.
‘With this in mind we decided that, ahead of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Oldham and surrounding areas and donated high visibility vests.’
Regular Eye Tests
As part of the initiative, the store is also hoping to raise awareness of free glasses and eye tests that are available to under 16-year-olds. Ensuring children have regular eye tests is important as an undetected problem could lead to something more serious in the long term.