We snap to it and support campaign to get kids walking
We are encouraging families in Shoreham-by-Sea to pull on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn by supporting Walk to School Month, which takes place every October.
To help keep youngsters safe on the way, especially in the darker autumn and winter months, we have supplied 60 high-visibility snap bands to St Nicolas and St Mary CE Primary School for its pupils to wear. The donation is part of a campaign that will see more than 13,000 snap bands provided to children across the country.
According to Living Streets, the charity that organises the Walk to School campaign in the UK, only 21% of boys and 16% of girls meet the current recommended daily level of exercise (60 minutes of physical activity).
A generation ago, 70% of youngsters walked to school, but now it’s less than half – and during morning peak traffic times, one in five cars on the road are taking children to school, contributing to congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions.*
Susan Joseph, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are proud to be supporting Walk to School Month again this year and are delighted to be working in partnership with St Nicolas and St Mary CE Primary School to help encourage families to leave the car at home and set off for school on foot instead.
“Walking is a great habit for youngsters to get into early in life, so we hope our snap bands will add some fun to the journey to school, as well as keeping them safe on the way.”
Andrew Lincoln, Headteacher at St Nicolas and St Mary CE Primary School, says: “Children really do benefit from walking to school – not only is the exercise healthy for them, but it also helps reduce the amount of traffic outside school, which is safer for them too.
“We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for this generous donation which will help raise the profile of Walk to School Month among pupils and parents alike.”
* Source: www.livingstreets.org.uk
Residents of Shoreham-by-Sea have nominated mental health charity Corner House as a worthy local cause to receive a welcome £250 donation from Taylor Wimpey South Thames.
Jackie Davey, Director of Services at Corner House, says: “It is fantastic to see that so many people are willing to support the important work that we do.
“We like to do lots of different things to help people living with mental illness, so this donation may be used to fund the greenhouse in our garden area or allow us to organise a day trip, among a number of other things.
“It is important to remember that one in four people will experience a mental health issue during their life, so everything possible should be done to help raise awareness. People can show their support for our work by volunteering or making donations to our cause – every little thing people are willing to do is a huge help.”
Susan Joseph, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “As a local housebuilder, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our new homes, so we are delighted to make this donation to Corner House.
“The work that they do plays a vital role in raising awareness of mental illness and the impact it can have on people’s lives, and we are glad that people living in the area have recognised this.”