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PPE donation part of infrastructure firm’s initiative to keep children safe

We have recently made a donation of high-visibility vests to Haxby Road Primary Academy in York as part of an ongoing initiative to enhance road safety for children during the winter months.

We have always played a key role in supporting the communities within which our staff live and work through various initiatives – one of which is our commitment to local schools.

As we work on major infrastructure projects across the UK, we have been reaching out to schools to see if they would be interested in receiving a donation of high-visibility PPE for their pupils. 

The initiative, which saw us donate PPE to a school in Mansfield in 2022, is designed to make children more visible during their commute to and from school – particularly during the winter months.

The team at Haxby Road Primary Academy was interested in finding out more about the initiative after being contacted by our team – as we are currently completing nearby works as part of the Cocoa West project in the North of England. 

Following an initial discussion, it was agreed that we would donate 50 high-visibility vests to the school, which they received at the start of 2023.

A spokesperson from the school shared their gratitude to McCann for the generous donation, saying, “Thank you very much for the kind gesture. The vests will be put to good use and we are excited to use them during the next school outing.” 

Richard Kaye, our Contracts Manager, has played an integral role in launching the scheme and making it a success and he feels passionately about promoting road safety – especially for children.

“The winter months are considerably more challenging for a number of reasons, from poor weather conditions to longer periods of darkness. It can be hard for pedestrians to remain visible, particularly children,”

“Maintaining impeccably high standards of safety, both on site and when engaging with the public, is something that is ingrained within the culture at McCann. Our operatives rely on high-visibility clothing to ensure they’re visible to road users at all times,”

He adds, “This is why we feel passionately about doing all we can to support children in the local community by keeping them safe and visible on their commute to and from school, or when they’re on school trips,”

He continues, “We’re delighted that the team at Haxby Road Primary wanted to get involved. We made it our mission to ensure that the vests arrived in time for the start of the new term and we look forward to seeing them making full use of the PPE when they’re out and about.”

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