Sunderland pupils campaign on road safety + VIDEO

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CHILDREN at a Wearside school stepped out to raise awareness of road safety.

 About 70 reception and nursery pupils at Barmston Village Primary School, in Washington, joined in the national Giant Walking Bus Challenge.

Mark Pallas from Gentoo, Eileen Watson from Asda George North East Clothing and Erika Bright, Foundation Leader Teacher with some of the children from Barmston Village Primary School taking part in the national Walking Bus Challenge, organised by the charity Brake.

Mark Pallas from Gentoo, Eileen Watson from Asda George North East Clothing and Erika Bright, Foundation Leader Teacher with some of the children from Barmston Village Primary School taking part in the national Walking Bus Challenge, organised by the charity Brake.

 Run by the safety campaign charity Brake, the annual event is a way of reminding drivers to slow down near schools.

 Christine St Clair, who is chairman of governors at the school, said they took part in the event last year and the children were keen to do it again.

 She said: “They all had posters which the charity sent out and we walked around the school fields. It is a very worthwhile event.”

 Mark Pallas, from housing group Gentoo, and Eileen Watson, from Asda, were invited along to verify the children had actually carried out the walk.

 The Giant Walking Bus is part of Brake’s Kids Say Slow Down campaign and raises awareness of the dangers of traffic and also money for the charity’s work in supporting victims of road crashes and their families.