Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey has donated high-visibility slap bands to children at St Francis C of E Primary School in Falmouth to help keep them safe on their walk to school.

The donation has been made to encourage children and parents to make walking to school part of their daily routine, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and minimising car journeys.

Taylor Wimpey, which is building new homes at its St Aubyn Park development in Mabe, and will shortly be building in Falmouth, has given the school 150 fluorescent slap bands for the primary school children to make them more visible to drivers during their journey to school in each day.

Janine Copleston, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our high-quality new homes, and this donation is an excellent example of the way we can help schools and other organisations.

“Nowadays there is a real concern about the amount of time children spend outside being active and walking to school is an ideal way to help them get more exercise – but it’s important that they can be seen clearly by motorists.

“We hope our high-visibility slap bands will help keep the children safe during the darker winter months and encourage them to walk to school more regularly. More children walking will also help minimise the number of cars on the road at the beginning and end of the school day.”

Thanking Taylor Wimpey for its generosity, Vanessa Farnell, headteacher of St Francis C of E Primary School, said: “Thank you for your kind donation of the high-visibility slap bands for our walking bus members. They love them and they will help to keep them safe.”