A bright idea to stay safe

Mark Evans from Co-Op Funeral Care with Joe Nicholson and other pupils from Throston Primary School after handing out the Be Safe Be Seen badges
Mark Evans from Co-Op Funeral Care with Joe Nicholson and other pupils from Throston Primary School after handing out the Be Safe Be Seen badges

A FUNERAL company is helping schoolchildren to stay safe while out and about during the winter nights.

Co-operative Funeralcare at Strathmore House, in Hartlepool, visited the town’s Throston Primary School as part of its Be Safe Be Seen campaign.

Mark Evans, a principal funeral director with the service, handed out 58 luminous badges which glow in the dark and make it easier for motorists to see the youngsters.

He said: “I’d like to say thank you to Throston Primary School and its headmaster Mark Atkinson for always being willing to help us with our community activities.

“We are happy to be able to play a part in helping to keep the children safe.”

Alison Bloomfield, the school’s personal, social and health education (PSHE) co-ordinator, said: “We have been doing a lot of work about keeping safe as part of the PSHE curriculum and our involvement in the badge scheme was really to continue to heighten the children’s awareness of the importance of being safe both in and out of school.

“Anything to do with promoting safety in the school, in particularly to liaise with outside agencies, is beneficial.”

Phil Hoggarth, regional manager for Durham, Tees and coast with the Co-operative Funeralcare, said: “We have been involved in this scheme for a number of years now and every year it just grows and grows.

“We get more responses from the schools to the point where we run out of badges.

“Hundreds of thousands of them go out across the country.

“We are also involved in walking bus schemes as a way of helping the community.”