Providing a safeguard around our schools
When Charlie started pre-school back in October 2010, we were greeted by Peter our lovely Lollipop man. Peter has been aiding the Dewberry/Giltrow's to cross the road for 5 years now, from 2 toddlers running to pre-school to 3 small children at full time School. In the wind, snow, rain and occasional sunshine, Peter is always there wearing a big smile on his face. Throughout those 5 years there has been numerous plans to remove Peter for a cheaper option a Pelican Crossing. A Pelican Crossing is the one where drivers stop while people are stood at the crossing, it's not a Zebra crossing which is the one run by lights.
Peter is more than a lollipop man. He is more than just a guy that stands in the road with a stick and stops traffic. Peter knows every child and every parent. He is there to ensure those children on scooters wait patiently for their parents to round the corner. A Pelican Crossing can't make sure each child is with their parent or designated adult before crossing the road, Peter can. Peter is there when someone falls over. Peter picks up forgotten bags, coats, lunchboxes that have been dropped and takes them to lost property. Peter is a hero.
Peter is just one of 20,000 plus lollipop men and women who help keep our kids safe cross major roads in Great Britain, but every year the number dwindles and in some cases no suitable replacement is offered.
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.
- 95 per cent of parents and 88 per cent of children (aged 5 – 11) feel safer knowing there is a Lollipopper present on their route to school
- 91 per cent of parents see a Lollipopper as being safer than a zebra or pedestrian crossing
- Following UK legislation in 2000 stating that lollipoppers were no longer a legal requirement for schools, an increasing number of the iconic lollipop men and women have been taken off the road in recent years. One-third (32 per cent) of parents went on to reveal that a lollipopper had recently been removed from their local area with a further 61 per cent stating no crossing alternative had been put in place.
If you need or are going to loose your school's Lollipop Person I fully encourage you to nominate your school too. A Lollipop Person is so much more than traffic stopper, they literally are our unsung heroes. Nominating couldn't be easier : www.churchill.com/lollipoppers so what are you waiting for?
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