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Pupils from Mount Pleasant Primary SChool, Darlington, learn importance of cycle helmets
10:29am Saturday 9th February 2013 in News
Buy this photo » Alastair White, from Headway and Josh Freeman, seven, agree on the importance of wearing a cycle helmet. Looking on are pupils Luke Ford, nine, Annie Hutchinson, seven and Kerry Kirk, eight and Miranda Barty-Taylor of the Child Injury Trust.
CHILDREN at a Darlington primary school have been given a valuable lesson on the importance of wearing cycle helmets.
Yesterday (FRIDAY), a team from brain injury charity Headway North-East and the Child Brain Injury Trust visited Mount Pleasant Primary School in Branksome to try and persuade the youngsters - and their parents – to wear a helmet when on their bikes.
To demonstrate the protection a helmet offers, raw eggs were dropped from a height of more than two metres wearing a specially designed protective 'helmet'.
The eggs remained intact while wearing the helmet, but once it was removed they smashed on impact.
A model of a human skull was also used to demonstrate how the brain can suffer severe trauma as a result of a blow to the head.
Alastair White, North-East regional coordinator for Headway, said: “It’s really important to reach these youngsters because it’s their generation who will make the change. Hopefully soon it will be the norm for everyone to wear a helmet.”
Miranda Barty-Taylor, North East regional coordinator for the Child Brain Injury Trust, said: “We’ve had a great time today, the children all got really involved.”
Jane Telfer, the teacher in charge of behaviour and safety at the school, added: “We encourage our children to walk and cycle to school, and this week we have been learning all about how to stay safe. This presentation is a great way to round that off and the children have really enjoyed themselves.”
Headway supports people with brain injuries and works to promote better understanding of brain injury and its effects. A Darlington and District group is due to launch this June. For more details visit www.headway.org.uk or email Alastair White at firstname.lastname@example.org