In preparation for Road Safety Week, Fernham Homes, the housebuilder behind the new Boughton Park development on Church Road, donated reflective armbands to 30 pupils aged 9 and 10 from Boughton Monchelsea Primary School. Lyra, the school dog, was gifted a light-up collar, allowing her to support the pupils in their road safety education.

Road Safety Week takes place from 18th November and is the UK’s biggest road safety campaign, designed to promote lifesaving messages throughout the week and beyond. As the winter nights draw in, the message for pupils to be easily seen on the school run is all the more important at this time of year.

Lynne Smith, Head of Sales and Marketing for Fernham Homes, comments:

“Young children are looking to get more involved in making a difference when it comes to climate change. Walking to school is a simple way to achieve this, but it is very important to stay visible whilst doing so. We are extremely proud to be able to support the pupils of Boughton Monchelsea Primary School, who are based just along the road from our development, in their road safety education. We have also installed a puffin crossing, which we hope will make the children’s journeys even safer.”

On Friday 1st November, the children from Year 5 and Lyra the dog put their road safety skills to the test and visited the housebuilder’s Boughton Park development. They took great care in crossing the road when walking to the development and their reflective gear came in handy on their return to the school. The children enjoyed refreshments in a completed property, whilst part of the construction site had also been fenced off, to give the children chance to look safely at the machinery, which included a digger and a forklift.

Ruth Roberts, Headteacher at Boughton Monchelsea Primary School adds: “We would like to thank Fernham Homes for their generous donation of reflective gear to our Year 5 pupils and to Lyra the dog. The children have all had a wonderful time seeing what goes on behind the hoarding and will be able to walk to and from school more safely thanks to their new armbands.”