Brake, in partnership with Direct Line Group, celebrated the tireless work of road safety campaigners at the charity’s annual reception at the Houses of Parliament on 6 June 2018. Hundreds of Brake supporters, volunteers and parliamentarians gathered to celebrate the work of all who are involved in road safety in the UK, from community campaigners to national figureheads. Roads Minister Jesse Norman MP provided the event’s keynote remarks. The evening saw the Parliamentarian of the Year Award, sponsored by Direct Line Group, and the inaugural Family Liaison Officer Awards, sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers, handed out.
Parliamentarian of the Year: Judith Cummins MP
Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, was honoured with the prestigious Brake and Direct Line Group Parliamentarian of the Year award for her unwavering commitment to road safety in 2017. Judith (pictured, left) has been instrumental in the campaign for justice for road crash victims and has been tireless in her pursuit of safer roads in her Bradford constituency.
Outstanding Officer Achievement Award: PC Jonathan Ardron
PC Jonathan Ardron, of Lancashire Constabulary, was the deserving winner of the inaugural Outstanding Officer Achievement Award. He was honoured for his excellent communication skills and ongoing compassion for bereaved families and his innovative use of partnership work, to ensure that bereaved families received fully encompassing support. He was also commended for his consideration of the needs of his colleagues. Alongside his ongoing, excellent support to bereaved families, PC Ardron has also taken steps to share their knowledge and experience with officers inside and outside of their force. Pictured (l-r): Commander Stuart Cundy of the Met Police, PC Jonathan Ardron and Brake Chair of Trustees, Deborah Johnson.
Family Award: PC Rick Hooley
PC Rick Hooley, of Cheshire Police, was the worthy winner of the inaugural Family Award. He was commended for his exceptional communication skills, in a case where a family lived in a different country to where the crash occurred. Despite this, PC Hooley was able to clearly explain all the different laws and processes involved, and keep the family fully informed. PC Hooley provided fantastic, consistent communication to ensure the family were supported during a three year period. The nominating family also credited PC Rick Hooley for his outstanding dedication and professionalism.
Sadly, Rick Hooley died in September 2017. The award was given posthumously for the outstanding services he provided to bereaved families and was presented to his family at the annual reception. Pictured: PC Hooley’s family with the award.