Opticians in Reading, Lower Earley and Woodley have set their sights on supporting children with their mental wellbeing.

The teams at Specsavers are funding a project to create special classroom wellbeing kits, which will be used in local primary schools.

The kits aim to support children with their mental health awareness skills and equip them with positive, effective coping skills in an interactive and engaging way.

The classroom wellbeing kits are the brainchild of former Montessori teacher Mitch Pinkney and her small business ‘Cups of Calm and More’.

After hearing about her story and passion for the cause, store director Ravi Bhardwaj was keen to support her quest of helping more young children manage their emotional wellbeing.

He said "There is a worryingly high number of school pupils experiencing stress, anxiety and mental health issues and, with pressures on resources and educators, it’s an issue that needs more support."