Building firm's jackets keep pupils safe in darkness
CHILDREN at a Slaithwaite school are "safe as houses" thanks to a local building and roofing contractor.
Brighouse-based Ploughcroft has donated the high-visibility jackets to Nields Junior, Infant and Nursery School in a bid to improve child safety as the longer nights set in.
The initiative is the brainchild of Ploughcroft's managing director Chris Hopkins and is particularly poignant as the firm's warehouse and purchasing manager Brian Oswin lost his son in a road traffic accident when he was 16.
Brian said: "Every autumn the road casualty rate rises, especially for the most vulnerable road users, children.
"I am really pleased that Chris has launched this scheme, especially at such a difficult time of year for pedestrians and road-users."
At Nields School the jackets, branded with the Ploughcroft and school emblems are being used by Year 6 pupils and their teacher once a week to walk to the local swimming baths.
Head teacher Wendy Mulligan said: "The donation means a lot to the school as we really embrace road awareness and try as much as possible to integrate safety messages into the children's learning.
"For example, we have run several cycling proficiency schemes in the past, and all our new starters receive fluorescent tags to attach to their coats.
"The pupils are now being recognised in the local area and are proud to wear their jackets."
Ploughcroft is based at Owlers Ings Road and has a long-running commitment to health and safety in the workplace and further afield.