Sheffield optician improves children’s visibility

Hillsborough Primary School pupils give the high visibility vests donated by Specsavers in Hillsborough, the thumbs up.
Hillsborough Primary School pupils give the high visibility vests donated by Specsavers in Hillsborough, the thumbs up.
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An optician is helping Sheffield children to stand out on dark winter days as part of National Road Safety Week.

Youngsters at Hillsborough Primary School, The Sacred Heart Primary School, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Grenoside Cubs and Scouts and 231st Cubs and Scouts, were presented with 510 high visibility vests by Melanie Mitchell, dispensing assistant at Specsavers in Hillsborough.

As part of the awareness week, which runs up until Saturday, the children also took part in a special workshop.

This was to ensure that they are safer when their learning takes them out into the community; while walking to and from school and on school trips.

Paul McGinty, store director at the Specsavers, Hillsborough, said: “At this time of year with the dark mornings and nights, combined with the winter weather, it can be difficult for motorists to see pedestrians, and dusk is particularly hazardous when the children are walking home from school.

“With this in mind we decided that, as part of Road Safety Week, we wanted to help increase the safety of children in Hillsborough and offered the schools and scout groups the high visibility vests.”