The Churchill Lollipopper Fund - Providing a safeguard around our schools.
Thankfully, there are more than 20,000 lollipop men and women who help keep our kids safe across Great Britain. However, the number of these amazing ‘Lollipoppers’ on our roads is dwindling.
|Road safety is paramount for our children.|
Churchill Insurance's research, recently published here, show that according to parents there are 32% less Lollipoppers since they were no longer deemed a legal requirement in 2002. Did you also know that 61% of that number of parents revealed that they had no alternative crossing made available to them either?
When I was a little girl, I remember our lollipop man knowing every single one of our names, no matter what the class or year. Saying that, we were lucky enough to have 2 very near to our primary school, a rare thing these days. I've since discovered that my old primary school is one of those to have their lollipopper disappear, although they do have a crossing alternative.
Meet Sue, Carson's lollipop lady...
|Sue is loved by every child in Carson's school. Rightly so, she's brilliant!|
Sue has been a 'Lollipopper' for coming up to 15 years now and let me tell you she's a natural. Just like when I was young, she knows all the children's names, and is never without her huge smile and friendly "Good Morning's". I hope and pray that Sue will still be gracing our roads and school gates when Finley is old enough to go to school too. We love her!
|I hope Finley can also benefit from a local 'Lollipopper' in years to come.|
Every school needs a Sue. Does your child's school have one?
"With the highest rates of child pedestrian casualties in the UK occurring during the school run, the provision of a safe road crossing at schools plays a key part in our work. With a decreasing number of lollipop men and women on the roads, the safety and lives of children are being put at risk as other school crossing alternatives don't offer the same level of vigilance and care." Michael Bristow, from road safety charity, Brake.
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.
With 95% of parents (myself included) and 88% of children aged between 5 and 11 years feeling safer knowing there is a Lollipopper present on their route to school, you'd be nuts not to nominate your local school for funding.
Simply head on over to the fund nomination page HERE and make your vote count. With 50 schools set to benefit, you've got a good chance of making it happen.