Specsavers opticians donates high-vis vests to keep kids safe

Specsavers opticians donates high-vis vests to keep kids safe

Staff from Specsavers Gateshead Team Valley have kindly donated 100 high-vis vest jackets to St. Peter’s Primary School, helping them stay visible and safe during the darker winter nights.

The team from the Gateshead Team Valley store hand delivered the jackets to the school in Low Fell.

Store manager Katie Blakely says: ‘Some of our team noticed how difficult it was to spot some kids walking home in the dark afternoons and we just wanted to try and help keep children safe and visible when out and about in the evenings.

‘Getting high-vis gear for kids is often not on a parents very busy to-do list, and it can be difficult to get appropriate size vests for child. We thought it would be easier for us to try help as a local business.’

Mrs J Mackay, Higher Level Teaching Assistant at St Peter’s, says: ‘The vest donation was warmly welcomed from Katie and the rest of the Specsavers Team Valley team. It has been welcomed by staff and parents alike. Even some of the students were chuffed in their new reflective gear.’

High-vis first came to the UK in 1964 when it was trialled by railway maintenance workers in Glasgow. Since then, there has been many studies that back the reduction in accidents or collisions when high visibility clothing is worn.

Specsavers Gateshead Team Valley is located at Retail World Gateshead. For more information visit specsavers.co.uk/stores/gatesheadteamvalley or call on 0191 406 4398