Youngsters at a local infant school have been given high-visibility reflective armbands to help them “be bright and be seen” as the dark nights draw in.

During term time, the majority of child road accidents happen in the afternoon and evenings, especially in the autumn and winter when it gets dark earlier in the day.

With that in mind, ExxonMobil Fawley was happy to help when Michelle Hale, Headteacher of Manor Infant School, Holbury, got in touch to ask for some help to make the children more visible in the gloom.

Michelle said: “As part of the Be Bright, Be Seen road safety campaign, we have been educating the children about how they can help to keep themselves safe in the dark, especially when they are walking to and from school.

One of the key messages is to make yourself seen by wearing something reflective.

We got in touch with ExxonMobil Fawley and the site very kindly agreed to supply us with high-visibility armbands for each of our pupils.”

Angharad Vaughan, Community Affairs Adviser at ExxonMobil Fawley, said: “Safety is always our number one priority at Fawley, so we were delighted to help when Michelle got in touch with us.

We hope the children enjoy wearing their armbands and stay safe when they are walking to and from school or are out and about.”

Picture caption: Back (from left): Sarah Munns, Manor Infant School Assistant Headteacher, Michelle Hale, Headteacher, and Angharad Vaughan, Community Affairs Adviser ExxonMobil Fawley, with some of the pupils wearing their high-visibility clothes and armbands.