ANDOVER schoolchildren can see more clearly, and be seen, as the dark evenings and mornings draw in thanks to a town-based insurance company.

Be Wiser Insurance has donated thousands of small torches and reflective stickers featuring its distinctive owl logo to schools in the area.

This is part of its commitment to the local community and to celebrate winning the British Superbike Championship for the second year running.

More than 7,500 stickers and 5,500 torches have been distributed to schools in the area as part of the community initiative.

They were delivered by Be Wiser’s Chris Salmon, who is involved with the Be Wiser Ducati Superbike team, displaying a replica Ducati bikes at races and events around the country.

Director of marketing, Andrew Dunkerley, said the gifts had been well received by the schools and that he was pleased that the Be Wiser Owl would be helping children see and be seen in the dark.

He added: “We are a major employer in the Andover area and we see ourselves as very much part of the community whether that is by providing jobs for local people, supporting charities or helping the local schools.’’ “We were pleased to involve the local schools in the donation.”