Firm donates vests to academy in Daventry

Connie Swain and PCSO Duncan Cumming with children from The abbey Academy.
Connie Swain and PCSO Duncan Cumming with children from The abbey Academy.

An opticians in Daventry has donated high-visibility vests to children at an school in the town.

Specsavers in Bowen Square handed the vests to pupils at The Abbey Academy on Friday last week as the firm got behind Road Safety Week which runs from Monday November 17 to Saturday November 23.

The vests will help make sure they are seen when walking to and from school as well as when they are out and about on school trips.

Steve Richardson, store director at Specsavers in Daventry, said: “With the clocks having gone back this weekend and the evenings getting darker, it is more important than ever that children can be seen clearly.

“Hopefully, the vests will give teachers and parents some peace of mind.”

The school were incredibly grateful to the opticians for its donation.

A spokesman said: “We were delighted to receive the vests from Specsavers and the children have loved receiving them.”

There was also two officers from police in Daventry who came along to talk to the children about road safety and ways of staying safe when out and about.

The youngsters were also given free booklets about staying safe and a copy of the highway code.

To support the road safety activity the store is also challenging children to demonstrate their creative skills with an artistic competition, run during the half term week

Children aged from five to 10 can enter the poster design competition – which needs to convey a message about road safety. Every child that enters will receive their own high-visibility vest.

The closing date is Sunday 2 November, with the winning child receiving a family voucher to the Riverside Hub in Northampton, which includes lunch.

Specsavers is the co-sponsor of Road Safety Week, the UK’s flagship road safety event, which is organised by charity Brake.

It’s an opportunity to help raise awareness about the importance of protecting people on bikes and foot as well as raise funds for a worthwhile cause.

Visit www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk for more information.