A CHARITY worker is encouraging the community to come together to highlight the importance of children being visible in the dark.

As the clocks go back soon, Kelly Bevan, lead child and family support co-ordinator at Child Brain Injury Trust, will be visiting three schools in Bettws to raise awareness on how to stay safe in the dark.

She will visit Monnow Primary School, Milbrook Primary School and Newport High School on October 25, to discuss the importance of wearing bright, visible clothes at nighttime.

The following day the primary schools will host a 'GloDay' where pupils and teachers dress bright, but Ms Bevan is hoping to get the whole estate on board.

Ms Bevan explained: “GloWeek is in half term, because it’s the week that works best for England, but I’m labelling this as Bettws GloDay.

“The clocks go back later this month, and we see a huge rise in head injuries at this time, so we’re campaigning at schools to raise awareness.

“We use the strap line: children should be seen, not hurt.”

GloWeek is an annual event, which Ms Bevan has helped with for the past four years, but this is the first time it will have a greater focus on Bettws.

“I’m on the board of Monnow now and I’m more aware of the safety issues,” said Ms Bevan.

“We have loads of kids who are up and down Monnow Way with no helmets, causing concerns in the community, and I thought we need to raise awareness about keeping themselves safe.”

Schools that want to get involved can contact the charity's head office, and Ms Bevan will visit them, but residents of Bettws are encourage to support the day, donning their brightest, most visible clothes.

“It doesn’t have to be just kids,” added Ms Bevan.

“I’m going to try to get teachers to turn up in bright clothes, and the community can get involved. Let’s light Bettws up.”

The clocks will go back on Sunday, October 28.

To find out more about GloWeek, which is between October 29 and November 2, visit the website: www.childbraininjurytrust.org.uk/campaigns/gloweek