Annual Christmas event praises road safety team for keeping children safe across the Vale

This year’s School Crossing Patrol Presentation took place at the Vale council’s Dock Offices, where volunteers and officers were thanked for their dedication to road safety.

Dressed in Christmas jumpers, a crowd of people enjoyed a buffet lunch followed by an award ceremony  on Friday 15 December.

The road safety charity, Brake, revealed that 46% of children aged five – ten years –old and 38% of children aged 11 – 16, walk to school ,meaning that more than 7,000 children across the Vale walk to school every day.

Road Safety Officer, John Rogers, hosted a Christmas quiz and presented awards along with Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport, Councillor Geoff Cox

This years winners with Cllr Geoff Cox

Cllr Geoff Cox, said:  “Thank you to the volunteers and the officers for all your hard work and for keeping the Vale children safe.”

This year’s William Maggs Challenge Trophy was awarded to David Letts for his 12 years of service as a School Crossing Patrol at Dinas Powys Primary School.

David Letts said: “I had no idea I was receiving this award, I am overwhelmed. I am 77 years –old and I love what I do, so I’m hoping to carry on working until I am 80. The children are lovely, and it’s a great job in all weathers, I don’t mind it.”

Mary Gilbert, a volunteer trainer at Holton School, won the Kerbcraft award, a programme that teaches children to be safer pedestrians while walking to school.

Julie Ellis won an award for working as a School Crossing Patrol Officer in a difficult location in St Athan in rural Vale, and Nicholas Latham won a similar award for working in Barry.

The School Crossing Patrol Officer for the areas of Penarth, Dinas Powys and Sully, Nigel Bishop received an award for his three years of service.

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