Bright idea to help schoolchildren

Children from Oakley Vale Primary School with their armbands and jackets
Children from Oakley Vale Primary School with their armbands and jackets
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Children from Oakley Vale Primary School in Corby have been learning about road safety this week.

To coincide with national Road Safety Week (November 19-25), housebuilder Jelson Homes has donated more than 100 fluorescent armbands to pupils at the school, in a bid to help them to stay safe and be seen during the darker evenings.

Graham Jelley, sales and marketing director for Jelson Homes, said: “Wherever possible, we strive to give something back to the communities in which we build. Now that the darker evenings are with us, we wanted children from Oakley Vale Primary School to have something which would be both beneficial and fun.

“We believe that our fluorescent armbands, which can be worn around the arm or leg, will go some way towards helping to keep the children safe during the winter.”

Mrs Boydon-Jones, a teacher at the school, said: “We are very grateful that Jelson has thought of us for the road safety initiative – and I know that our pupils will enjoy wearing the armbands when they are walking out and about.

“Without companies like Jelson, we wouldn’t be able to benefit from such initiatives, so we are extremely grateful for the donation of the bands.”

Nearly 20,000 children were injured on UK roads last year, a fall of five per cent on the previous 12 months.

Road Safety Week aims to raise awareness of the dangers of using roads. Organised by the charity Brake, the event encourages communities to get involved, offering tips for all road users, no matter what age, to be inspired to promote road safety.