PUPILS from a Pershore school have raised awareness for road safety after one of their parents was ‘tragically’ killed in a cycling accident.
More than 100 children from Holy Redeemer Catholic School and their families were joined by the town’s Mayor Coun Tony Rowley as they donned their high vis jackets and walked from the Abbey Car Park to the school gates to show support for the BRAKE road safety campaign.
The national campaign was launched to stop needless deaths on the roads and to support families left devastated by death or injury from crashes.
Following the walk the Mayor, community police officers, parents and the school’s Headteacher Christina Hall came together to discuss how Pershore could be made safer for all children as they walk to and from school.
The town’s Mayor told the Observer it was important to raise awareness of the importance of safety around schools.
“It is terribly important we try to improve road safety around schools,” Coun Rowley said.
“I think there were three aims we were looking for really one is awareness of road safety and the hazards facing children; second promoting walking to school for parents and children; and thirdly to see how we can improve the safety environment around schools for children.
The leading town councillor also said we cannot be complacent when it comes to road safety outside of schools.
“Always more can be done, we can never be complacent as there are always dangers at school entrances,” he added.
Headteacher Christina Hall said: “BRAKE is very important to us here at Holy Redeemer.
“The summer before last one of our parents was tragically killed when he was hit by a car while out riding his bike.
“BRAKE have been a huge support to the family since and so we have seen first-hand some of the vital work that they do.
“It is always important to teach children about road safety, especially for our pupils at Holy Redeemer as Priest Lane is a very busy and narrow road, with lots of parked cars along it.
“The pavement outside the school is also very narrow and so we organised our Giant Walk to show parents and pupils a safer way to walk to school from the Abbey Road car park where there is an informal parking amnesty for parents at drop off and pick up times.”