Donations helps to brighten up children’s walk to Norwich school

Youngsters at a Hellesdon school should be safe from traffic dangers this winter after a donation of high-visibility jackets from Norwich International Airport.

Pupils at Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School, off Cottinghams Drive, now have 238 of the jackets to make them clearly visible when walking to and from school during the darker mornings and afternoons.

Andrew Bell, chief executive of Norwich International Airport, was pleased to be able to help a school so close to the airport.

He said: 'As an airport we are committed to work with and contribute to the local community and we were very pleased to be able to help the school with funding this project.'

Daniel Thrower, headteacher at Arden Grove, was extremely grateful for the airport's support, saying: 'The school along with all of our parents and carers are passionate about keeping the children safe.

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'What better way to help to do this by providing them with hi-vis jackets that can be worn at all times.

'Many motorists have contacted the school and commented how visible it makes the children.

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'We are very fortunate that Norwich International Airport has funded the cost of this project and hope this project will further our links with the airport.'

The vests are an important part of the children's uniform at Arden Grove and are worn daily from autumn half-term through to the summer term.

Richard Wiseman, Norfolk County Council's road safety officer for Norwich, said: 'What fantastic news.

'We spend a lot of time talking to children about the importance of being seen particularly at this time of year.

'Making these jackets part of the school uniform is a brilliant idea.

'It will go along way towards keeping children safe on their journey to and from school.'

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