Taylor Wimpey is encouraging families in Northumberland to put on their walking shoes and leave the car at home for the journey to school this autumn.
The housebuilder is supporting Walk to School Month and has donated 180 high-visibility armbands to the pupils of St Paul’s RCVA Primary School, St Michael’s C of E Primary School and Swansfield Park First School, all in Alnwick, to help keep the youngsters safe on their journey.
The campaign 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.
This year, the initiative will see more than 13,000 armbands provided to children across the country.
Jenny Smith, headteacher at Swansfield Park First School, said: “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, making it much safer.”
According to Living Streets, the charity that organises the Walk to School campaign in the UK, only 21 per cent of boys and 16 per cent of girls meet the current recommended daily level of exercise, which is 60 minutes of physical activity.