An opticians in Rickmansworth has helped pupils stay safe at night by donating high-visibility vests to a local school.
Specsavers in Rickmansworth, located on 127 High Street, sent optical dispensers Leanne Murphy and Bethany O’Brien to give 130 vests to the children at Maple Cross JMI & Nursery School to promote safety at night in aid of Road Safety Week, an initiative by the charity Brake and sponsored by Specsavers. Head teacher at Maple Cross JMI & Nursery School, Mr D Roberts said: ‘We’re very grateful for these vests; they will be put to good use, especially with nights becoming darker. ‘The safety of our pupils is of the utmost importance. These vests will allow the children to walk safely as it gets darker outside, as well as ensure the children are visible to drivers on outings and school trips.’ Store director Shilan Haria says: ‘We want to make sure that children are safe and visible at night as winter is fast approaching. ‘Since the clocks have gone back and nights have got darker, we hope our donation will help keep parents’ and teachers’ minds at ease when they’re escorting their children to and from school.’ Brake is a national road safety charity which exists to prevent deaths and injuries which happen on roads on a daily basis, through campaigns and other funding. The charity also promotes safe and sustainable road use and effective road safety policies.