We had a photographer from David Wilson Homes for Bertone Manor join us to give every child in Year 2, 3 and 4 a bag reflector as part of the ‘Walk to School Month’ initiative.  Four children from Year 4 had their photos taken with the reflectors.  The press release to accompany the photos said:

HOMEBUILDER BRIGHTENS UP PUPILS’ WALK TO SCHOOL BY DONATING HI-VIS BAG TAGS

Pupils from Hayfield Cross Primary School in Kettering are joining with thousands of children across the UK to take part in International Walk to School Month, with help from local homebuilder David Wilson Homes South Midlands.

The school has teamed up with the developer, which has supported the campaign by donating 100 hi-visibility bag tags for pupils to wear on their way to and from school during October, which is Walk To School Month, and throughout the rest of the year.

Despite the average distance to a pupil’s primary school being one mile, more than half of school children do not walk to school regularly, with an enormous 52 per cent driven to school in cars or by other means (National Travel Survey 2016).

Walking to school benefits children and their parents by increasing exercise and saving money on fuel, and it can even increase social interaction with other families who choose to walk to school and prevent stress by not driving during the rush hour.

John Dillon, Managing Director for David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said: “Our development Bertone Manor is located near to Hayfield Cross Primary School, so as families move into their new homes it is important for us to support International Walk to School Month and encourage families to stay safe while walking to and from school.

“By offering pupils a helping hand and donating hi-visibility bag tags they should be encouraged to walk to school and can stay safe as the dark nights draw in.”

David Wilson is currently building new homes at its Bertone Manor development in Barton Seagrave, near the school.

For further information please call the sales team on 0844 811 4477 or visit https://www.dwh.co.uk

For more information about how children in the UK travel to school, you can visit:  https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-travel-survey-2016