Hyphen Law had the privilege of being invited to the Houses of Parliament this week for the road safety charity Brake’s Annual Road Safety Awards.
The event was held to honour and celebrate everyone who works tirelessly to raise awareness of the importance of road safety and to help prevent road crashes from occurring.
Among the distinguished guests at the prestigious event were MPs, road safety campaigners, representatives from the emergency services, educators and volunteers.
The awards were presented by Deborah Johnson, chair of Brake’s board of trustees and Steve Maddock, managing director of claims and business services for Direct Line.
One of the worthy award winners on the night was Iris Yee, who won Brake’s Campaigner of the Year Award. She lost her partner in a road crash in 2013 and since then has campaigned to try and make our roads safer by educating others from drawing on her own experiences. She’s been working with Police Family Liaison Offers sharing her invaluable insight from her own bereavement to help police offers understand how they can support other people who have been bereaved or seriously injured by road crashes.
Another inspirational award winner was police officer Sergeant Simon Castle, who won the ‘Outstanding Commitment to Road Safety Week Award’. Sergeant Castle works tirelessly all year round to educate all road users on life-saving safety messages and also played a vital role in organising Brake’s 2015 national Road Safety Week launch. He went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of the event and engage the public with the ‘drive less, live more’ theme. He has been a long-term supporter of both Brake and Road Safety Week, and has supported Road Safety Week for many years.
Hyphen Law’s Robert Hurling, who has provided deputyship services to many people who have been brain injured in serious road traffic accidents, was there to celebrate the achievements of the award winners. He said: “It was humbling to hear all the stories of bravery, grit and determination from people who’ve been affected by serious road traffic accidents. Rather than feel sorry for themselves, their experience has made them go out and try to prevent tragedies happening to others by raising awareness, educating people and fundraising to continue the fantastic work that Brake does. I would like to congratulate all the worthy winners who have made a huge difference in the fight to improve road safety and save lives.”
Speaking at the event Mary Williams, OBE, founder and chief executive of Brake, said: “This has been an evening where we have focused on people – those affected by the devastating loss of loved ones and those who seek to prevent such tragedies from happening. These are the people who have supported Brake and spoken out for road safety. The winners of these awards have gone above and beyond, showing great determination to make a difference in their communities and across the country, and achieving real results. It’s a real privilege to recognise the efforts of people who do not seek fame or glory, but quietly and with dignity work hard to change things for the better.”