School Crossing Patrol Officers Receive Road Safety Wales Awards
The Road Safety Wales Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a real commitment to road safety, above and beyond what would normally be expected of them.
We would traditionally invite our winners to the annual Road Safety Wales Conference to collect their award but unfortunately we have been unable to host an event this year.
Chair of Road Safety Wales, Teresa Ciano said, "Despite a difficult year for everyone, Road Safety Wales is delighted to be able to recognise so many deserving people who have made a significant difference to the lives of those in their community.
“The Road Safety Wales Awards recognise good road safety practice, innovative projects and personal contributions being undertaken in Wales. I would like to thank our award winners for their involvement in helping to make Welsh roads a safer place for everyone.”
Among the awards recipients this year are five dedicated and long-serving School Crossing Patrol Officers:
Nan Samsudeen - Carmarthenshire
Nan has been the crossing patrol in Llandybie School for 18 years and has been a familiar and friendly face for the pupils, staff and parents throughout the years. During all weathers, Nan has remained happy, cheerful and welcoming to all. Her commitment to her work was unquestionable and she will be sorely missed now that she has taken the difficult decision to retire.
Sian Powell - Ceredigion
For over 12 years, Sian kept pupils safe while crossing the road near Ysgol Rhydypennau and has seen the young people grow and move to secondary school, then college. She has had to contend with all weathers on the A487 and has built a wonderful rapport with pupils and parents over the years!
Elaine Burgess - Neath Port Talbot
Elaine started working in Neath Port Talbot in 2014 after moving to the area from Plymouth, where she had already served at a School Crossing Patrol for 6 years. Not only has Elaine supported countless young people in getting to school safely, she has been invaluable in her community providing medical assistance and always seems to be in the right place at the right time to help others!
Sandra Rogers - Newport
Sandra has entered her fortieth year of exemplary service as a School Crossing Patrol in Newport. As Newport City Council’s second longest serving School Crossing Patrol, Mrs Rogers has performed her role with great passion, diligence and without complaint. She will have enhanced the safety of generations of children attending Maindee Primary and Eveswell Primary Schools, and now crosses the grandchildren of those she assisted at the beginning of her career!
Linda Evans - Pembrokeshire
Linda has been a committed and devoted member of Pembrokeshire’s School Crossing Patrol Service for over three decades, helping generations cross the road safely. Linda is always there, rain or shine, with a friendly smile on her face as she greets each child and ensures their safety to and from school. Kirstie Donoghue, Road Safety Officer describes Linda as ‘one of the many unsung heroes guiding Pembrokeshire’s children safely across our roads’.
Congratulations to all the award winners!