There is currently an on-going argument in our house, that is probably happening as you read this, it involves Ellie and the school run. She thinks, at 11, that she is old enough to go by herself. I think...well I believe she could get to school by herself. I mean sure she has the knowledge and the know how to cross a road, but I am not sure the roads are safe enough. There is just 1 road on her journey that doesn't have anywhere safe for her to cross. This one road happens to be one of the closest to the school...
But there is no safe crossing place. No point in the road where she can get across safely. Vans parked on the roadside blocking views, teens on their way to the high school in their boy racer cars, keen to 'impress' their friends, parents who are running late for school, late for work all who are, possibly, veering the wrong side of the speed limit make me anxious about letting her go alone!
If only the school and council had the funding for just 1 extra lollipopper, on a road where when I was a child there was a lollipopper, I would feel safer, and less anxious about Ellie doing the school run on her own.
And I am not on my own. 95% of parents of 5-11-year-olds and 88% of children would feel safer if there was a lollipopper present on their route to school.
But the fact is that following UK legislation in 2000 lollipoppers are no longer a legal requirement of a school and therefore, an increasing number of the iconic lollipop men and women have been taken off the road in recent years, and 61% of parents say that no alternative has been put in place!
Commenting on Churchills research and findings, Kelly Cook, (head of motor claims at Churchill Insurance), said:
"The safety and well-being of children during the school run is so important to schools and parents with road crossings a critical part of the daily journey. With child pedestrian casualties during the school run still an issue in the UK, we wanted to gather the opinion of both parents and children to investigate what they see as being the safest option. Although no longer a legal requirement for schools, it is great to see that the apparently evergreen Lollipopper is still valued as the safest option for parents and children but concerning that many have noticed their numbers diminishing in recent years."
This is why Churchill want to help redress the balance and make this safeguard around our nation’s schools stronger than ever by giving funding to 50 schools to have their own Lollipopper. But first, people, parents like you and me, need to nominate their school for funding! These nominations will be whittled down and 50 schools will receive funding for a ‘Lollipopper’ for one year from September 2016.
I've nominated our local school, will you nominate yours?
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