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Coronavirus: Harrogate campaigner continues road safety message during lockdown

Coronavirus: Harrogate campaigner continues road safety message during lockdown

Published by Lisa Darvill at 7:23am 14th April 2020.

A Harrogate road safety campaigner isn't letting the coronavirus pandemic stop her educating young people. 

  • Lauren Doherty was involved in a life-changing road traffic accident 11 years ago 
  • It left her paralysed and needing round the clock care 
  • She has since set up a charity, Road Safety Talks 
  • Lauren visits schools to give road safety talks
  • She's made material available online for families to access during the lockdown 

Lauren Doherty was involved in a life-changing accident 11 years ago, which left her paralysed. She has since set up a charity, Road Safety Talks, to deliver educational messages to young people in schools. 

With Lauren in self-isolation for 12 weeks and schools closed, she's made educational material available online for families to access. 

Lauren is encouraging families to watch the videos and take part in other activities, such as colouring in sheets and word searches. 

Road Safety Talks, Lauren Doherty at Dacre Braithwaite Primary
Lauren giving a talk to school children

 

Lauren's keen to continue to spread her message during the pandemic. 

She said: 

"With everyone being advised to get some fresh air, they'll still need to cross the roads when out and about. 

"Although there is definitely less traffic on the roads, you must still take care. My accident happened at 4.30 in the morning when there was only two vehicles on the road. 

"So I absolutely know you have to take care all the time."

The learning portal on the Road Safety Talks website is normally used by schools who are located too far away for Lauren to travel to.  This educational tool features a series of films which feature Lauren sharing her story and road safety message as she would do in person.

Lauren and her team are making the portal available for families, free of charge. 

Rebecca Blunstone, Project Manager for Road Safety Talks said: 

"In a small way if we can help parents who are educating their children at home during this time by providing some activities, whilst at the same time teaching children the importance of taking care on the roads, then it's the least we can do to thank everyone who's supported us over the years. 

"We've had a fantastic response to learning portal so far and really positive feedback from the teachers and families who've used it." 

To access the learning portal email roadsafetytalk@gmail.com  

You can find the portal on Lauren's website Road Safety Talks