Cycling pupils show they have a head for safety

Miranda Barty-Taylor of the Child Brain Injury Trust and Alastair White - North East Regional Co-ordinator for Headway UK - during their visit to Cambo First School where they handed out bike helmets and stressed the importance of wearing them. Also pictured, left to right, are pupils Florence Stott, Lucy Bell, Gina Goodfellow, Owen Glass, William Ayliffe, Charlotte Davison and Archie Glass.
Miranda Barty-Taylor of the Child Brain Injury Trust and Alastair White - North East Regional Co-ordinator for Headway UK - during their visit to Cambo First School where they handed out bike helmets and stressed the importance of wearing them. Also pictured, left to right, are pupils Florence Stott, Lucy Bell, Gina Goodfellow, Owen Glass, William Ayliffe, Charlotte Davison and Archie Glass.

CHILDREN at a county school have a head for safety on the roads after being visited by experts.

Alastair White, North East Regional Co-ordinator of Headway UK, and Miranda Barty-Taylor, of the Child Brain Injury Trust, came along to Cambo First School to discuss the importance of cycle helmets.

The talk included information about the dangers of not wearing one and the long-term effects that could result of hitting your head in an accident.

Cambo First School Headteacher Paula Cummings said: “We arranged for a series of cycle sessions to develop the children’s prowess at riding a bike.

“They passed the bronze test with flying colours and now have a safety certificate for riding their cycle on roads.

“The talk was also part of the initiative and at the end, Alastair sourced every pupil a cycle helmet to ensure that they had a one which was the correct size and shape. They were ecstatic to receive them.”

The bike helmets were funded by a grant from the Tyne & Wear Community Foundation.

For more information about the two organisations, telephone the Headway UK helpline on 08088 002244 or visit www.headway.org.uk and call the Child Brain Injury Trust helpline on 03033 032248 or visit www.childbraininjurytrust.org.uk