Brake, with the support of sponsorship from Direct Line, honoured the tireless work of people campaigning for road safety at the charity’s annual reception at the Houses of Parliament on 25 January 2017. Hundreds of Brake supporters and road safety professionals gathered, including volunteers who campaign and fundraise for Brake, MPs, the road safety minister, road safety professionals and Brake corporate supporters. Pictured below are the award winners with Brake's chief executive Mary Williams OBE.
Campaigners of the Year Award: Ian and Dawn Brown-Lartey
Dawn and Ian Brown-Lartey lost their 25-year-old son, Joseph, when a speeding driver ran a red light at more than 80 miles per hour and crashed into Joseph's car - ripping the car into two pieces. The parents who were dismayed at the sentence given to the person who killed Joseph, came together to campaign for tougher jail sentences, and with their local radio station, launched the #JusticeforJoseph campaign.
They later endorsed Brake’s #RoadstoJustice campaign, taking the brave step of allowing the car in which Joseph died to be used to help launch the campaign, which proved to be Brake’s most successful-ever launch event.
Parliamentarian of the Year Award:
Liz McInnes MP
Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood and Middleton, supported the campaign of Dawn and Ian Brown-Lartey to achieve justice for victims of road crime. Liz's work saw her make representations in the Commons, and actively campaign in the media to raise awareness of the need for a sentencing review for road crimes. Liz also was a passionate supporter of Brake’s Roads to Justice campaign. Liz is pictured with our campaigns director, Gary Rae.
Outstanding Contribution by a Journalist to Road Safety Award:
The winner of this award is Michelle Livesey from Manchester radio station Key 103FM. Michelle became involved in Dawn and Ian Brown-Lartey's #JusticeforJoseph campaign very early on, offering support to the Brown-Larteys in spreading their campaign message and securing attention from other journalists and politicians. Michelle also became passionately involved in Brake’s #RoadstoJustice campaign; her involvement was instrumental to the campaign’s success.