A South Shields opticians has pledged to help youngsters stay safer on darker afternoons and evenings by donating high-visibility vests to Marine Park and Hadrian Primary School.

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Administrator Gail Miles, visited the schools to present the children and staff with the vests. Gail said: ‘The darker nights are here which means it can be dark when children are arriving and leaving school.

‘We thought these vests would be ideal for children to use throughout the winter, but they will also come in handy for any school trips.

‘Helping to increase the safety of local children is so important and we’re pleased that we have been able to donate the vests to benefit nursery pupils and staff.’

Hadrian Primary

Scott Brown, Headteacher at Hadrian Primary School, said: ‘We are delighted to receive the donation of hi-vis jackets from Specsavers.

At this time of year, it is important to keep children as visible as possible when they are out of school and the kind support of Specsavers will help us do that.”

Marine Park Primary

Alison Burden, Head Teacher at Marine Park Primary School, said: ‘Thank you so much to Specsavers for their generosity.

Our children will enjoy wearing the high visibility jackets as well as keeping them safe.’

If nurseries, schools or community groups would be able to make use of hi-vis vests then please visit the store at 17-19 King Street, South Shields, NE33 1DA.

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