Eastbourne business helps keep children visible on their walk home from school

An Eastbourne housing company has supplied hi-vis vests to keep pupils safer on the darker evenings as they walk home.

Thursday, 5th November 2020, 4:16 pm

Barratt Homes donated 30 vests to Heron Park Primary Academy as part of its commitment to support local schools. The company is currently building the Meadowburne Place development near to the school.

Last month was International Walk to School Month and lots of the pupils took part but due to the nights now drawing in, pupils need to stay visible to stay safe.

Lynnette St Quintin, sales and marketing director for Barratt Southern Counties, said, “We are proud to offer our continued support to such an important campaign that encourages children to walk to school and remain visible as they do so.

Some of the students in the hi-vis SUS-200411-162405001

“As the evenings are starting to get darker earlier, driving may be a more tempting option for some parents, so we hope through our donation of fluorescent hi-vis vests that we can encourage parents, carers and pupils in Eastbourne to choose to walk instead.”

Helen Emmett, headteacher at the school, said, “We always encourage our pupils to walk to school wherever possible and these brightly coloured vests that Barratt Homes have so kindly donated will definitely encourage more parents to think about leaving their car at home.”