Kelso kids prove they have heads for safety

Colin Robertson a volunteer at Headway visits Broomlands Primary School in Kelso to talk about protecting your brain from injury.

Colin Robertson a volunteer at Headway visits Broomlands Primary School in Kelso to talk about protecting your brain from injury.

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If you’ve got a head and you have a bike, skateboard or scooter, then you also need a helmet – that was the message at an event in Kelso this week.

Pupils at Broomlands Primary School were treated to a variety of interactive activities during the event, organised by Headway – the brain injury association – to raise awareness of the dangers of cycling, skateboarding and using a scooter without a helmet.

Activities ranged from videos and presentations to games involving egg helmets and brains made out of jelly to show pupils how vulnerable the brain is when not protected.

Hawick-based Maria Burnett, Headway’s network support co-ordinator for the East of Scotland, and Colin Robertson, who has been a Headway volunteer for several years, have toured the presentation in schools across the Lothian area since the start of 2014.

However, the duo decided it was time to spread their message throughout the Borders and ‘up the ante’ even further with a competition.

The challenge, sponsored by Thompsons Solicitors, saw the pupils drawing their own helmet designs that they would like to wear themselves, with real cycle helmet prizes.

“It has been very successful so far, with excellent feedback from both pupils and teachers who found the activities enjoyable and extremely beneficial,” said Mr Robertson.

Mrs Burnett added: “It is so important to find interactive ways to make children understand from an early age the importance of wearing a helmet.”

Nicola McCall, depute head teacher at Broomlands, commented: “This term our Primary six and seven pupils have been learning about the importance of protecting the head and brain as part of their cycling proficiency training which is run through the Bikeability Scotland programme and this Headway presentation enforces the importance of wearing correctly-fitted headwear.”

Headway now has a support group on every second Thursday at the Abbey Row Centre in, Kelso, from 2-4pm. Call 0800 970 6797 for details.