With the nights getting darker and the clocks going back later this month, a local opticians has donated 150 high-visibility vests to help keep pupils from a local school safe when they are out and about.

The Specsavers store in Skegness donated the vests to the town’s Richmond School after launching a campaign to increase the safety of local children. The hi-vis vests will make it easier for motorists to spot the children when their activities take them into the community, or when they’re out on school trips.

Store manager's thoughts

Daniel Till, store manager at Specsavers in Skegness, said: ‘The weather can be unpredictable in this country, especially in a seaside town, and on grey days it can often be difficult to keep track of a group of children on the move.  

‘With this in mind, we were keen to help increase the safety of children in the area, especially now that the nights are drawing in. We were thrilled that the Richmond School was happy to be a part of our safety campaign. 

‘As part of the initiative, we are also hoping to raise awareness of free glasses and eye tests that are available to under 16-year-olds. It is important to make sure that children have regular eye tests as an undetected problem could lead to something more severe in the long term.’ 

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