Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 2°C

Search

Reflective snap bands to help make walking safer

PUBLISHED: 17:08 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:08 20 October 2017

Pupils at Holbrook Primary School with their Walk to School slap bands provided by Taylor Wimpey to support walk to school week. Pupil Lauren holds up one of the bands.



Photo: Angela Sharpe

Pupils at Holbrook Primary School with their Walk to School slap bands provided by Taylor Wimpey to support walk to school week. Pupil Lauren holds up one of the bands. Photo: Angela Sharpe

Angela Sharpe Photography 2017

Encouraging children to walk to school - safely - in Holbrook.

Pupils at Holbrook Primary School with their Walk to School slap bands provided by Taylor Wimpey to support walk to school week. Pictured are Grace Joseph, Julian, Helena, Lauren and Isaac. Pupils at Holbrook Primary School with their Walk to School slap bands provided by Taylor Wimpey to support walk to school week. Pictured are Grace Joseph, Julian, Helena, Lauren and Isaac.

This autumn Taylor Wimpey is urging families in Suffolk to leave the car keys at home and make the journey to school on foot instead.

The housebuilder is once again supporting Walk to School Month, an annual initiative held in October that aims to promote healthy living.

The initiative also aims to reduce levels of traffic around schools and make roads safer for all.

With the evenings drawing in as the darker months approach, Taylor Wimpey has handed over 170 high-visibility snap bands to Holbrook Primary School to help keep pupils safe on their way to and from school.

The donation forms part of a national Taylor Wimpey scheme to supply more than 14,900 snap bands to schoolchildren all across the country.

According to Living Streets, the charity behind the Walk to School campaign, 70% of youngsters made the journey to school on foot a generation ago, but now that number has more than halved.

It is the organisation’s aim to reverse this downward trend.

Caroline Carter, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting Walk to School again this year and are proud to be working with Holbrook Primary School to encourage families to realise the benefits of leaving the car keys at home.

“Walking to school is a fantastic way for children to get active and we hope they enjoy using our snap bands to help keep them safe on the journey.”

Annie Hookway, head teacher at Holbrook Primary School, said: “As well as promoting a healthy lifestyle to students, walking to school is also a huge help in reducing the volume of traffic outside school, thereby making the area safer for all.

“On behalf of the entire school, I would like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey for this donation and for their help in raising awareness of Walk to School Month among our pupils and their parents.”

Fewer vulnerable people across the region will go hungry thanks to the opening of a new food distribution hub in Ipswich.

The University of Suffolk has announced Professor Helen Langton will succeed Richard Lister OBE as vice-chancellor this summer.

The amount paid out due to medical blunders at the region’s mental health trust has increased five-fold in five years, new figures reveal.

A father-of-three suffering severe walking problems has spoken of his gratitude to surgeons at Ipswich Hospital after becoming the first patient in the east of England to receive a pioneering knee operation.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said it is “inconceivable” that the Copdock Mill interchange between the A14 and A12 south of Ipswich will not be rebuilt over the medium term.

Did your favourite show make the list?

How news savvy have you been? Test your friends and family with our quiz.

Two thousand homes have been given the go ahead in east Suffolk – in a move that could also support a new business hub attracting technology giants Apple and Facebook.

Not many seven-year-old girls can say they feature in their very own music video.

A teenage care worker has been ordered to carry out 50 hours of community service for using a colleague’s bank card details to get takeaway food sent to her home.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24