Wigan Specsavers has donated high visibility vests to a primary school in order to help local children stay safe and seen, as part of national Road Safety Week

Jonathan Mellor, a dispensing optician at Specsavers in Wigan, presented schoolchildren at St. Catharine’s C of E Primary School in Scholes with 200 high visibility vests this week during their school assembly.

Timely safety message

As part of Road Safety Week, Specsavers has set up an initiative to help increase the safety of local children when they are out and about, and the high visibility vests are important in making children easier to spot by motorists and other road users.

Jonathan commented: ‘This is a particularly hazardous time for pedestrians, with the darker mornings and evenings and the increasingly wintery weather. Local children who walk to and from school are at a heightened risk as a result of these conditions.

Stay safe and seen

‘With this in mind, we decided to help spread the message of Road Safety Week and make sure that children are kept safe when they are out and about by donating 200 high visibility vests to St. Catharine’s C of E Primary School, ensuring that the children will be easily spotted by any motorists on the road.

‘We are also hoping that this initiative will increase awareness of the free glasses and eye tests available to under 16 year olds.  Regular eye tests are important and reduce the risk of serious eye problems occurring in the future.’


Nicola Goulding, headteacher at St Catharine’s, said: ‘We were pleased to welcome Specsavers into school this week to present children with the high visibility vests.

‘Anything that helps to educate young people about road safety or makes them more visible to other road users is invaluable and we’re sure that the vests will be well used, especially over the winter months to come.’

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