Housebuilder gives children bags of encouragement to walk to school

Families in Burton upon Trent are being encouraged to leave the car at home as part of Walk to School Week (21-25 May 2018), thanks to Davidsons Homes.

The housebuilder, which is building new homes at Hilltop View off Reservoir Road, has donated 50 hi-vis bags to Year 2 children at nearby Shobnall Primary School to help them carry their belongings to and from school.

The donation was made as part of Walk to School Week, a country-wide celebration of walking organised by UK charity Living Streets each May.
Stephanie King, Sales Director for Davidsons Homes, said: “We are delighted to be working with Shobnall Primary School to promote Walk to School Week.
“Walking is great for both children and parents and leaving the car at home means fewer cars at the school gates and less air pollution in the neighbourhood. Plus, it gives families time to spend together and talk on the way.

“We hope the children at Shobnall Primary School enjoy using their new hi-vis bags and continue walking to school once the week is over.”
School headteacher Rob Cruise said: “We’d like to thank Davidsons Homes for this kind donation which we hope will raise awareness about the walk to school message among children and parents alike.

“We realise how busy modern life is for many families, but there are significant health and wellbeing benefits associated with walking that mean it is really worth trying to fit in if at all possible.

“We hope having fewer cars coming to school will make the streets safer and more pleasant for everyone too.”
According to Living Streets, a generation ago 70 per cent of children walked to school, but now it’s less than half. The charity wants to reverse this decline by making streets fitter for walking and encouraging people to take to their feet.

Davidsons Homes is building three and four-bedroom homes at Hilltop View, with more information available at davidsonsgroup.co.uk.