Centrica Storage Ltd Helps Children to Stay Safe in the Dark

21st February 2011

School children across the region have been given a helping hand to stay safe and be seen in the dark this winter with the help of Centrica Storage Limited (CSL).

CSL, the company responsible for bringing a large proportion of the UK”s much needed gas supplies ashore in Easington East Yorkshire as well as being behind the proposed Caythorpe gas storage facility at Caythorpe, near Bridlington, has provided five schools across the East Riding of Yorkshire with “snapbands” to help the school children be seen when walking to and from school.

The “snapbands”, hi-visibility bands which fit around the wrist, are designed to help people be seen in at night and during inclement weather.

Commonly used in road safety campaigns, the “snapbands” have been donated by CSL as part of the company”s commitment to working with the local communities surrounding its operational sites and its East Riding-based offices.

The bands have been handed out to every child at Patrington, Inmans (Hedon) and Easington primary schools in Hull, Burton Agnes primary school near Driffield and Boynton primary school near Bridlington.

Glenn Sibbick, Project Director at CSL, said: “In the darker winter months, children and their parents can be difficult to see as they walk to and from school in limited daylight. These “snapbands” are a brilliant way of helping them stand out in the dark, allowing them to travel to and from school safely and become more visible to road users.

“We hope that the pupils across the five schools, as well as parents and staff, will find the “snapbands” not only fun but also an important aspect of road safety. CSL is delighted to be able to provide pupils from the schools with the “snapbands”, and we hope that they are able to make a difference.”

Mr Church, headteacher at Burton Agnes Primary School, said: “These are a great gift which can be very helpful to children and drivers – particularly with it being dark when the children set off for and come home from school. We are grateful to Centrica Storage for their ongoing support at our school and across the wider community.”