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Harrogate road safety campaigner to receive police commendation

Harrogate road safety campaigner to receive police commendation

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:26am 23rd August 2019.

A Harrogate woman, who campaigns for road safety, is set to receive a police commendation. 

  • Lauren Doherty was hit by a van on her way home after a night out in 2008 
  • She was left paralysed
  • Since 2016 she's run road safety talks in schools to raise awareness 
  • She's now delivered her message to over 3,000 young people 
  • Lauren's won a number of awards, but has recently found out she will receive a commendation from North Yorkshire Police

Lauren Doherty's life changed forever in 2008 when she was hit by a van whilst walking home after a night out. 

The accident left Lauren paralysed. 

Since 2016 she's visited schools to give safety talks, warning children of the dangers of not paying attention whilst crossing the road. So far she has delivered her message to more than 3,000 young people.

Earlier this year Lauren won a Yorkshire Choice Award and was also awarded a British Citizen's Award.

Now, Lauren is to receive a Chief Constables Commendation from North Yorkshire Police. 

Lauren was nominated for the honour by Acting Inspector Paul Cording. He had originally nominated Lauren for a category in the North Yorkshire Annual Police Awards. However, on reflection, the force decided to award her a commendation. 

Lauren has also been asked to be a Guest Speaker at the National Women in Policing Conference in November. 

Acting Insp Paul Cording said:

"Over the last year or so Lauren's been involved with our Learn and Live Project, working with North Yorkshire County Council, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the NHS and police. 

"She really is inspirational.

"It could've been very easy for someone who've been involved in such an incident to go into their shell. 

"By Lauren sharing her story, the message she gets across is done in such a personal and impactive way. 

"We as a road safety partnership are incredibly lucky to have her."

Lauren has been invited to Harrogate Police Station in October to receive the honour. 

Insp Cording surprised Lauren and her family with the news over the weekend. 

Lauren said: 

"On Saturday, my Parents and I thought that we had arranged to having a planning meeting regarding upcoming Road Safety Talks work with Rebecca (my Project Manager).   Little did we know that as we started the meeting, Acting Inspector Paul Cording was to arrive at my house to deliver some exciting news. 

"It was an overwhelming surprise to my Parents and I to learn that I had been awarded a Commendation from the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police. 

"I would like to thank Acting Inspector Paul Cording for thinking of me in his nomination to the North Yorkshire Police Awards and for his ongoing support of the Road Safety Talks project. I am really looking forward to meeting The Chief Constable in October and would also like to thank her for this Commendation."

You can find out more about Lauren's Road Safety Talks at