Road safety mascot Horace says: “Bright kids stay safe and be seen”
Westbury-on-Trym Beavers and Cubs meet canine road safety champion Horace
Forty Beavers and Cubs in Westbury-on-Trym got to meet road safety hero Horace yesterday evening when he visited the 90th Bristol Scout Group as part of a road safety workshop.
Horace is the RAC’s road safety mascot and was created by Aardman to help promote road safety education to children. The RAC also teamed up with the Scout Association to engage their young people with road safety workshops to spread the message with engaging experiences, practical tips, challenges and competitions.
The Westbury-on-Trym Beavers and Cubs wrote to the RAC inviting Horace to visit which he was very happy to accept. The RAC also agreed to run a road safety workshop covering key issues including: road safety in a vehicle breakdown situation; the importance of being visible on the road, in-car safety and pedestrian crossings.
The Beavers and Cubs completed a series of challenges which will help them achieve their road safety badge which is sponsored by the RAC and features Horace in its design. Horace also handed out bright orange high-visibility vests to all the children.
RAC road safety champion Jacqui Thompson said: “Horace and our road safety team were delighted to join the Cubs and Beavers of the 90th Bristol Scout Group at the Methodist Church Hall in Westbury-on-Trym. We all enjoyed a couple of practical sessions running through road safety messages and key life skills on how to stay safe on the road.
“The children also got the chance to look around a real patrol van and see some of the 500 parts and tools our orange patrols carry to ensure they can fix our members vehicles and get them back on the road I think the Cubs and Beavers favourite moment was when they met Horace and many got the chance to sit in the driver’s seat in the patrol van and switch on the orange beacons!”
Beaver Scout leader Vikki Angell said: “It was a great evening for our Beavers and Cubs bringing important road safety messages to life in a fun and engaging way. The children loved meeting Horace and I am sure they will all be wearing their orange high-vis vests with pride when they are out and about on the road.”
Over 100,000 Cubs have completed similar workshops and learnt about the Green Cross Code to achieve their Horace road safety badge over the last two and a half years.