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Sun helps children stay safe this winter

CARING workers at a computer plant are helping young children stay safe this winter.

Sun Microsystems is giving luminous armbands to primary school youngsters across Linlithgow. The move comes as British Summer Time comes to a close and mornings and evenings get darker.

Staff bought the armbands after a plea from two pupils at the town’s Springfield Primary School, less than a mile away from Sun’s Scottish plant.

Linlithgow workers raised money for the gift at a charity dance. Enough money was also raised to buy a defibrillator for WestDoc, the out-of-hours doctors’ service in West Lothian.

Alison McAllan, the head teacher at Springfield Primary, said: “Two of our junior road safety officers, Stuart Cairns and Jenny Clegg, wrote to Sun asking for the armbands.

“I’m pleased the children were so successful and that their efforts have benefited so many children. And, of course, I’m very grateful to Sun.”

She added that Stuart and Jenny have now gone on to study at secondary schools in the district.

Sun’s generosity also impressed Councillor David McGrouther, convener of West Lothian Council’s education services committee. He said: “It is pleasing to see a major employer in West Lothian identifying with the community and showing social responsibility. The issue of armbands to school children will make them more visible and greatly enhance safety. I wholeheartedly welcome this initiative.”

Agnes Ramsay, Sun’s senior human resources manager in Linlithgow, said: “The staff here were very impressed with the letter from Stuart and Jenny and we were delighted that enough money was raised to help pupils in Linlithgow.

“Being a good corporate citizen is paramount to Sun as a company, and I’m pleased that we can help children stay safe, and visible, on our streets this winter.”

The gift of armbands is the latest in a line of community initiatives supported by Sun.

The company already supports individual projects at Linlithgow and Broxburn Academies and Bridgend Primary School, near Linlithgow. It has also pledged £250,000 to set up a community woodland in the Linlithgow area, and provide £150,000 to part-fund a traffic calming project in the town.

The latter two offers came as Sun embarked on a £25.8 million expansion of its plant in Linlithgow. The 140,000 sq. ft. extension will double the existing manufacturing space, create new offices and generate 200 new jobs. It is expected to open next summer.

British Summer Time will end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, October 29, when clocks should be put back to 1 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time.

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