A transport company has pulled out all the stops to make sure local children are safe this winter through its new initiative.
Hunts Coaches of Alford have provided some of area’s primary and junior schools who travel with the company with high visibility waistcoats encouraging their students to ‘Be Safe and Be Seen’.
The waistcoats are printed with the ‘Be Safe and Be Seen’ message as well as the school logos, and those children who travel from home to school with Hunts have also had a special pocket fitted to the waistcoats to keep their bus passes safe.
Director for Hunts Coaches, Joe Hunt said: “It’s vital that now the dark winter nights are here that children are safe.
“These waistcoats will help to protect the children and the idea is, as well as wearing them to and from school, they can also use them whilst out on their bikes or with friends.”
St Helena’s school at Willougby, near Alford, were the first school to receive the new waistcoats last Friday.
“Head Teacher Mrs Belton was delighted with the high visibility waistcoats and the pupils are wearing them with pride,” said a spokesperson for Hunts.
And the children are also said to be enjoying wearing them and it will make it easy to identify them during the dark nights.
Helen Brough, business manager for the school, said: “We think it’s fantastic and every child has been given one; I think the parents appreciate them too.”
The school also believe Hunts Coaches are great because they are putting the safety at the forefront and giving something back to the community.
“I think it is great of them to not only give something which will benefit the children but the whole community,” Helen added.
“It will make it easy to identify our children during school trips because the school badge is printed on them,” she said.
Hunts Coaches are in the process of working with other local nurseries and schools to ensure that as many children as possible benefit from high visibility waistcoats and stay safe this winter.
Currently Hunts is one of only a few BUSK (Belt Up School Kids) members locally that promotes safe transport for schools and community organisations.
“The company takes pride in working with the community and being at the forefront of safety,” added a spokesperson.