Housebuilders help Chichester pupils learn about road safety

During Road Safety Week, pupils at a school in Chichester had no problem being seen on their daily journeys.

Local housebuilders Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes donated a range of hi vis vests to pupils at the March CE Primary School to help teach pupils about staying safe while out walking to school. They were also used so children could be seen safely at their fireworks evening earlier in November.

Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes, which are bringing new homes to the area through their Madgwick Park developments, also donated £100 worth of prizes for the school’s firework safety competition.

Anthony Dimmick, Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes’ community liaison officer said: “The benefits of walking to school are far-reaching, but we need to make sure that children know how to walk safely. Not only does walking to school help young people and their parents to inject some extra exercise into their daily routine, but it also helps to take cars off the road and reduce air pollution too. We wholeheartedly support Road Safety Week and it is our pleasure to donate these vests to the pupils at March CE Primary School.”

The theme for this year’s Road Safety Week campaign was ‘Step up for Safe Streets’, which is focused on enabling people to walk safely, as well as reducing emissions. During morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions. The school run is also responsible for generating half a million tonnes of CO2 per year.

March CE Primary school headteacher Nicky Metcalfe said: “Walking to school brings huge benefits and what’s important for us is to teach children how to do that safely. A huge thank you to Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes for the donation of these vests, which also came in very useful for fireworks events.”

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