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Trainer wins award
Kerbcraft volunteer Derek Thrush has received the annual Lynda Chalker Award, which was presented by LARSOA at the Association’s AGM in London on 17 April.
Derek, now retired, has been a Kerbcraft volunteer with Liverpool City Council for five years and has trained more than 1,500 children.
He also works with Brownies, Rainbows, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to help them achieve their road safety badges - and helps with reading in schools using the Arrive Alive Guide for under sevens.
Pamela McGuinness, Liverpool RSO, said: “In the five years that Derek has worked with children he has made a valuable contribution to road safety schemes and had an impact on casualty reduction.”
Simon Ettinghausen, LARSOA spokesperson, said: “Educating children at a young age on road safety is effective in giving them a message they will carry with them for life. We are delighted to be giving the award this year to someone who has made such a big contribution to road safety.”
Derek Thrush said: “I know how stretched resources can be so I wanted to play my part in educating children. If I can help save anyone from being involved in an accident then my job has been worthwhile.”
The Lynda Chalker award is presented annually by LARSOA to an individual or organisation who has contributed significantly to road safety in the UK. Lynda Chalker (now Baroness Chalker of Wallasey) presented LARSOA with a carriage clock to be used for the award when she was transport minister in the 1980s.
Previous award winners include Radio Clyde, Vicki Stone MBE and Peter Bottomley MP.
Click here to read the full LARSOA press release.