One of our highlights of the school run is seeing our Lollipop Lady, or ‘Lady Pop‘ as she is affectionately known to mine, named when Isaac couldn’t say her name as a toddler.
Our Lollipop Lady has seen all six of my children across the road and has been manning the school crossing since the school opened 1996. She is always bright and cheerful and greets each child by name, asking how they are and stopping to listen if they have something they want to tell her.
A couple of years ago the council wanted to save money and install a pelican crossing across the road to replace our Lollipop lady, but the road she manages can be a bit of a rat run for cars trying to take a short cut and after some campaigning by parents that see her everyday she has stayed and got some snazzy new road markings too.
In a time when children are positively encouraged to walk to school whenever possible, Lollipop men and women are essential to get our most treasured possessions to school safely, as they have done for many years. My husband’s grandmother was a Lollipop Lady for over 25 years and took great pride in ensuring the safety of children on their school run and was adored by children and parents alike.
There are thankfully more than 20,000 lollipop men and women who help keep our kids safe across Great Britain. However, the number of these amazing ‘Lollipoppers’ on our roads is beginning to dwindle, with Churchill Insurance’s research showing that nearly a third of parents are aware of a Lollipopper being removed from their local area with no suitable replacement.
- 95 per cent of parents and 88 per cent of children (aged 5 – 11) feel safer knowing there is a lollipopper present on their route to school
- 91 per cent of parents see a lollipopper as being safer than a zebra or pedestrian crossing
- However, 32 per cent of parents said a lollipopper had recently been removed from their local area – with no suitable replacement
Churchill want to help redress the balance and make this safeguard around our nation’s schools stronger than ever by giving funding to 50 schools to have their own Lollipopper with the Churchill Lollipopper Fund.
Do you know a school that needs a lollipopper?
Nominate your school for a chance to receive funding for a Churchill Lollipopper. It is super simple to do, simply click on this link, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your school’s postcode into the box. Choose your school, fill in your name and email and submit the form.
What are you waiting for, nominate your school today!
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