SCHOOLS are being invited to challenge a world record.

Brake, the Huddersfield-based road safety charity, will be attempting to beat the numbers taking part in last year's record breaking Walking Bus.

The challenge is for schools to arrange through parents and teachers to get children walking safely to school.

Together with Asda and vehicle rental firm Avis, the first 400 schools to sign up will receive two free fluorescent Visi-vests that will help children be seen on the way to school.

Schools will also receive free resources, including guidance notes, posters and road safety teaching packs.

Mary Williams, Chief Executive of Brake said: "We want to reduce the shocking numbers of children killed and injured on our roads."

The challenge is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 15.

Organisers are hopeful there will be up to 50,000 school children taking part.

Last year was the first attempt, at which 10,000 pupils raised £24,000 for Brake's work, helping to support the victims of road crashes, particularly bereaved and traumatised children who have lost a loved one in a crash.

If you would like your school to become involved with the scheme, then e-mail walkingbus, stating your name, school and phone number.