As part of Suttons’ annual Safety Drive, a group of more than 50 students from Year 5, aged 9-10, were invited to find out more about the multinational company on their doorstep and take part in a lesson on road safety.
Suttons, specialists in chemical transportation with depots across America, Asia and Europe, has its headquarters on Gorsey Lane in Widnes.
The schoolchildren were given a presentation on the history of the firm and the types of tankers they use, followed by a quiz on safe cycling and the chance to take part in an outdoor exercise learning about blind spots and experiencing exactly what a driver can see when a cyclist is riding behind them.
John Sutton, CEO of Suttons Group, said:
“It was wonderful to be able to bring some of our local children to see what we do here at Suttons and also learn to be more aware on the road.
“Health and safety is of the utmost importance to Suttons so every year we hold a dedicated Safety Drive covering all our sites, those of many of our customers, and the communities we operate in.
“It was particularly pleasing to get local youngsters involved in the initiative.”
Mr Andrew Williams, head teacher of Lunts Heath Primary School, said:
“Working in partnership with companies is very important for us. When the opportunity first arose, we gratefully accepted Suttons’ offer for the children to see the trucks up close.
“Learning about the logistics industry and, in particular, how to stay safe when cycling on the roads is a fundamental part of our teaching.
“This visit will certainly have given them much to talk about with their safety teacher Miss Huddlestone in class next week.”
Suttons operates in the UK and internationally with a fleet of more than 500 vehicles focused on the chemicals, gas and fuel sectors.