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Housebuilder turns Lyneham pupils into bright sparks

17 November 2012

Bright sparks at Lyneham Primary School can ensure they remain exactly that, not only inside the classroom but outside too, thanks to a donation from a local housebuilder.

Persimmon Homes Wessex, a firm that is building new homes at its Chapel Court development on Preston Lane, donated fluorescent wrist straps to pupils to help increase their visibility when they walk to and from school.

Kate McFarlane, business manager at Lyneham Primary School, said: “We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes for the donation of the wrist bands.  As a Healthy School, we encourage children to walk to and from school wherever possible but we remain very aware of safety and like many schools we have concerns about traffic on and around our site.

“Our School Council conducted their own survey as part of their ‘Keep Our Site Safe’ campaign to monitor traffic and cycle movements in the grounds.  Results will be presented to pupils, parents and Governors to raise awareness of the need for everyone to follow our safety rules on site.”

Pauline Fletcher, sales director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, added: “The arrival of dark evenings and gloomy weather doesn’t only indicate that winter is well and truly on its way, it also signals bad news for pedestrians who become increasingly difficult for motorists to see.

“According to RoSPA, road casualty rates increase after the clocks go back at the end of October , however, the fluorescent wrist straps will help those who walk to and from school to stay visible and we are delighted to be playing a part in helping to improve their safety.”

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