Kids receive high visibility vests to help them be seen

Pocklington Community Junior School pupils wearing their high visibility vests with Specsavers optical assistant, James Cairns.
Pocklington Community Junior School pupils wearing their high visibility vests with Specsavers optical assistant, James Cairns.

A Pocklington opticians is helping youngsters to stay safe when walking to and from school by providing them with high visibility vests.

Staff from Specsavers, on Market Place, visited Pocklington Community Junior School to donate the vests to pupils to mark Walk to School Week last week.

The school’s headteacher, Alex Reppold, said: “We are very grateful for the high visibility vests donated to us by Specsavers. We believe in teaching children how to look after themselves, and this is an excellent addition to the work we do, so we are very grateful for the support from within the local community”.

Robert Winlow, store director at Pocklington Specsavers, explained: “National Walk to School Week is a great initiative that is part of National Walking Month. Besides the health benefits to the children, having fewer cars on the road is good for all of us.

“As part of the initiative, we are also hoping to raise awareness about free eye tests and glasses that are available to children under 16.”

Walk to School Week 2016 took place from 16-20 May. The campaign is organised by Living Streets, the national charity which stands up for pedestrians and helps more than 1.6 million children walk to school. The Walk to School campaign’s aim is simple - to encourage all parents, children and young people to make walking to school part of their daily routine.