Taylor Wimpey Snaps to it – With Support for Campaign to get Kids Walking
Taylor Wimpey West Scotland is encouraging families in Hamilton to pull on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn.
The leading housebuilder is supporting Walk to School Month, which takes place every October and asks parents to walk their children to school – with the aim of promoting healthier lifestyles and reducing the number of cars on the road.
To help keep youngsters safe on the way, especially in the darker autumn and winter months, Taylor Wimpey has supplied over 750 high-visibility snap bands to St Elizabeth’s Primary, Glenlee Primary and Hamilton School for the Deaf 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.*
Audrey Ross, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, which is currently building new homes at its Annsfield Farm development in Hamilton, says: “We are proud to be supporting Walk to School Month again this year and are delighted to be working in partnership with nearby St Elizabeth’s Primary as well as Glenlee Primary and Hamilton School for the Deaf 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.”
Christine Emmett, Assistant Deputy Headteacher at St Elizabeth’s 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.”
Katie Somerville, Deputy Headteacher at Glenlee Primary adds: “This is a fun and informative way to engage our children in getting active safely. Many of our children already walk to school and using the high-viz bands will certainly brighten up their journey to and from school whilst also helping to keep them safe.”
We give a lesson in safety to local school children in Hamilton
Recently we gave the local children of St Elizabeth’s Primary School in Hamilton some reminders about health and safety as production at our development of new homes at Annsfield Farm on the outskirts of Hamilton gets into full swing. With lots of construction activity, we are always keen to promote the dangers associated with playing near any construction site, and take the opportunity to raise awareness of the children’s need to be extra vigilant as the building of its new homes progresses.
Being proactive with local schools has proven an effective deterrent in the past as Brian Henderson, Production Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland explains: “Health and safety in and around our construction areas is of vital importance to Taylor Wimpey, and taking this type of proactive approach with local schools allows us to reinforce just how important it is for children to stay away from building sites, and it gives us the chance to remind the children that building sites are not playgrounds!”
Christine Emmett is Assistant Deputy Headteacher at St Elizabeth’s Primary School: “I was delighted to welcome Taylor Wimpey into our school to highlight the dangers associated with children playing near any construction site and for the team to reinforce their safety message ahead of the October school holidays when many of our pupils will be enjoying their break from the classroom.
“It’s great that Taylor Wimpey understands the importance of our children’s safety, and has created such an interactive and proactive approach to appeal to our pupils.”
We’ve Been Welcomed Back to Hamilton by Local School Children
We have been welcomed back to Hamilton for the launch of our development of new homes at Annsfield Farm by the children of St Elizabeth’s Primary School. To mark the event local sales executive Elaine Reilly joined the whole school in their ‘Walk Around the Block’.
The sales office for Annsfield Farm development has just opened so it was also the perfect time for Elaine to remind children to stay safe on their walks to school and to never play near the construction site.
Susan McDonald, Sales Manager for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland adds: “We’re absolutely delighted to be back in Hamilton, and we’d like to take this opportunity to let the local community know that our sales office at Annsfield Farm is now open and it was lovely for our local sales executive Elaine to meet the children of St Elizabeth’s Primary who’ve offered us such a warm welcome back to the town. We’re looking forward to working with them on a number of projects as development of new homes progresses.”
Christine Macphee, Headteacher for St Elizabeth’s comments: “We were thrilled that Taylor Wimpey accepted our invitation to join in our Walk Around the Block – it gave us the opportunity to show Elaine around our local area whilst also encouraging the children to walk safely around their neighbourhood.
“We’re going to be working with Taylor Wimpey on a variety of projects in the coming months that will help us to reinforce some of our key learning for pupils, and our walk today was the first step in our work together.”