Dozens of school children will now be cycling and walking more safely after being handed high visibility vests.
Haverhill based opticians Wardale Williams donated 65 of the vests to pupils at the Stanley Drapkin Primary School in Steeple Bumstead.
The vests were handed to the pupils by Wardale Williams practice manager Emma Mobbs and practice supervisor Linda Power, during an assembly themed ‘danger’ as part of Bikeability Week, which the school’s year five pupils were taking part in.
Headteacher Mary Nicholls said: “We have a high emphasis in our school on road safety and enjoy a wide range of special events and trips and will find the jackets extremely useful.
“This donation was particularly timely as it coincided with the whole of our year five learning how to ride their bikes safely during Bikeability Week.
“We encourage our children to take risks both in their learning and in the activities that they do and it is important that we give them the tools to take responsibility for their own safety.”
Wardale Willams will also be donating 90 visibility vests to the Haverhill Brownies later this month, 40 to Thurlow CEVC Primary School and a further 80 to Haverhill Scouts in April.
Emma Mobbs, practice manager at Wardale Williams, said: “We always try to support the local schools and organisations wherever possible and we came up with the idea of the visibility jackets which would make the children safer when using the footpaths, cycling and crossing roads and it our donation tied in nicely with the schools involvement in Bikeability Week.
“We are now looking forward to making further donations to make even more children safer.”