Local opticians give vests to help schoolchildren be seen

CHILDREN at schools across Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge have received donations of yellow hi-vis vests as part of a national road safety campaign, thanks to two local opticians.

Specsavers in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge have funded the purchase of over 330 hi-vis vests and distributed them across eleven local schools, just in time for National Road Safety Week (November 14-20).

Stressing the dangers of darker days and foggy weather as well as poor vision, Ian Hyland, the retail director of the two stores, which are locally-run franchises of the chain, said: “Being unable to see your surroundings can be very dangerous and lead to some serious implications.

“We were so pleased to be able to help all of these schools as these jackets will let them do so much more for their children.”

Schools which received vests included Speldhurst C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School, Claremont Primary School, St Mark’s C of E Primary School, Southborough C of E Primary School, St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, St John’s C of E Primary School and Bishops Down Primary School.

In a joint statement, the 11 schools said: “The hi-vis vests will be very useful as we are walking several classes to and from The Amelia Scott Centre in Tunbridge Wells for their exciting workshops in the next few months and have several roads to cross.”

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