Hundreds of young children have begun receiving life-saving lessons in road safety after schools responded positively to help from a Dorset law firm’s charity arm.
Battens Solicitors Charitable Trust has made up to £18,000 available for schools through its campaign.
Individual donations of £200 were pledged to more than 40 schools to spend as they wish on road safety lessons.
Others are able to access a dedicated resource kit with a ‘street feet’ simulated road layout.
The kit helps children to learn through hands-on, guided role plays involving mini road signs, traffic lights and tabards.
Some of the kits have been made available on a ‘free loan’ basis thanks to a tie-up with the Weymouth-based SafeWise safety education partnership.
Such has been the level of demand since the initiative was launched in November, the loan packs are currently booked out until the end of February 2014 though Battens have pledged to ensure they continue to be available after that.
Among the first schools to receive its own resource pack is Sticklands Primary in Evershot.
Headteacher Kathy McCann said: “Teaching children to be safe on the roads is obviously a hugely important lesson for them to learn. The resources we’ve been given will enable us to do that in a very practical way which will be fun for the children.”
Other schools that have received packs so far include Southill Primary and Holy Trinity in Weymouth, Manor Park, Prince of Wales and Damers First School in Dorchester, Symondsbury in Bridport, St Andrew’s in Preston, Cerne Abbas First School and Sherborne Primary.
Battens decided to focus on children’s safety awareness after a huge reduction in the Department for Transport’s national budget for primary age road safety promotion.
Hannah Brown, a personal injury solicitor at Battens, said: “We work hard at Battens to achieve rightful compensation and access to rehabilitation for road safety victims every day. This initiative is close to my heart, both as a personal injury lawyer and as a mother, and we are pleased to do our bit to ensure road safety lessons are instilled in our children from an early age.”
Battens Charitable Trust was set up to aid good causes in the community. Last year the trust donated more than £31,000 to charities throughout Dorset and Somerset.
Battens is a Legal 500 firm with offices in Weymouth, Dorchester, Sherborne and Yeovil.
To request a loan pack, schools should contact SafeWise in Weymouth on 01305 753050.