Nerine Fiduciaries has welcomed the decision by the Guernsey Extreme Sports Association (GXSA) to make wearing helmets compulsory at the skate park for under 15 year olds. Nerine has donated 20 helmets, along with hair wax and gel, for any skaters to use regardless of age.
The helmets come in a range of sizes and can be checked out of the kiosk for the duration of the time the skaters are using the park.
The initiative was inspired by a spate of recent news stories which highlighted the reluctance of children to wear helmets at the new facility and the potential dangers of not wearing a helmet.
One of the reasons skaters are believed to be reluctant to wear helmets is that it messes up their hair. Nerine has also donated hair wax and gel in an effort to compel style conscious skaters towards keeping safe without having to worry about this. The hair products will also be available from the adjacent kiosk upon return of the helmets.
Nerine director Rob Habin said: “Providing these helmets seemed like an obvious area in which we could help. It would be a tragedy if a child ended up with an injury because they can’t afford to buy a helmet.
“No one should miss out on using this great facility. Kids are enjoying themselves and keeping fit at the same time, and we hope that donating these helmets means they can do all of that safely. This donation also continues Nerine’s commitment to support local sport, such as the Nerine netball teams and the Nerine Nets basketball team, and encourage the island’s children to take part.”
In a recent radio interview, orthopaedic surgeon Mr Ranjan Vhadra pointed out that, because of weather conditions, it can sometimes be impossible to get injured patients off island in order to receive the appropriate care so making sure we limit their chances of injury in the first instance is paramount.”
GXSA chairman, deputy Mike O’Hara said: “It is excellent when business connects with the community and we applaud Nerine for their idea of providing these helmets at the skate park.”