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Harrogate woman celebrates four years of road safety campaigning

Harrogate woman celebrates four years of road safety campaigning

Published by Lisa Darvill at 6:30am 27th June 2020.

A Harrogate woman is celebrating four years of campaigning for road safety. 

  • Lauren Doherty was involved in a life-changing road traffic accident in 2008
  • It left her paralysed and needing round the clock care
  • Lauren visits schools to give road safety talks
  • She's marking four years of campaigning with her charity, Road Safety Talks 

Lauren Doherty was involved in a life-changing accident in 2008, which left her paralysed.

She has since set up a charity, Road Safety Talks, to deliver educational messages to young people in schools.

She is marking four years of campaigning and raising awareness of the importance of paying attention whilst crossing the road. 

Road Safety Talks, Lauren Doherty at Dacre Braithwaite Primary
Lauren in a pre-lockdown visit to a local primary school

Over the years Lauren has been honoured with a number of awards, including a Stray FM Local Hero Award and a Yorkshire Choice Award. 

Lauren has been continuing her work during the Covid-19 pandemic by making learning materials available for families online.

Lauren said: 

"From starting speaking at small primary schools, we now work alongside a number of different agencies and have delivered not only my road safety message, but my story of personal resilience, to over 8,000 individuals. 

"I don't think we ever expected the project to have grown to what it is today. 

"We sometimes can't believe what has happened over the last four years." 

And Lauren has no plans to slow down anytime yet. 

Road Safety Talks Project Manager, Rebecca Blunstone said: 

"We are still moving forward with our plans to create an accessible office which will be a base for the Road Safety Talks project. 

"It will have all the technology we need to communicate with the people who it's not possible for Lauren to travel to meet in person around the country. 

"With coronavirus affecting visits into schools locally, then this technology will come in really handy in the meantime until we're back out visiting schools in person."

You can find out more about Road Safety Talks at roadsafetytalks.co.uk