Pupils step out safely in high-vis vests from 3M

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Children at Brennand’s Endowed Primary School in Slaidburn are stepping out safely on the roads thanks to a gift of high-visibility vests from technology company 3M.

The firm donated 30 high visibility vests to the school for the pupils to wear when going to and from school and on outings. They wore them on a sponsored 5km ‘welly walk’ through which the school raised nearly £1,000 for the charity Farm Africa.

Headteacher Mrs Charlotte Peregrine said: “There are only 33 families with children at the school so we were delighted the walk raised so much in sponsorship for the charity – it’s the most we’ve ever achieved. The vests donated by 3M are absolutely fantastic and will be very useful. The village doesn’t have proper pavements and it’s so important that the children are clearly seen by drivers when they walking or cycling on the roads.”

The suggestion that 3M could provide the vests came from Stuart McIntosh, supply chain manager at the company’s Upbrooks site, which makes valves and components for asthma inhalers. Stuart’s nine-year-old son, Andrew, is a pupil at the school.

After presenting the vests, Stuart said: “The school organises such a lot of activities for the children and it’s great that 3M was able to help.”