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Road Safety Week: Knaresborough woman shares her message with local primary schools

A woman from Knaresborough who suffered a life-changing accident will be visiting local primary schools as part of Road Safety Week. Thirteen years ago, Lauren Doherty was walking home after a night out in Harrogate when she crossed the road and was hit by a van. The accident left her paralysed and needing two carers at all times. But she's since been dedicating her life to visiting schools and other organisations to share her message around road safety. Lauren told Your Harrogate:

"This week we’ve got two primary school visits. It’s a great opportunity to get out into the local schools and share my message on road safety and how to stay safe.

"We share my story right from the beginning - when I had my accident and how my life has been changed.

"I think that it’s a great opportunity to share my story and how people can stay safe and it’s such an important message to share with children."

Road Safety Week, organised by Brake, is the UK's biggest road safety event and runs from 15th-21st November. The theme of Road Safety Week 2021 is Road Safety Heroes, celebrating the heroic work of road safety professionals, and explaining how we can all play a part in making journeys safer for everyone. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=878994602976579

Lauren's story

In 2008, Lauren was involved in a life-changing road traffic accident, which left her paralysed and needing round-the-clock care. Having experienced the devastation that a lack of concentration could cause, Lauren now helps others learn the consequences of road safety. Via her website roadsafetytalks.co.uk, Lauren speaks of her accident and the effect it has had on her life:
"I don’t know what made me cross the road at the wrong time, but I crossed the road without looking and taking due care and attention. "I was hit by a van, was left completely paralysed and need everything doing for me.  I have 2 carers with me at all times and have had to accept that this is my life now. "I hope to benefit others in demonstrating that just because you have had an accident and you are in a wheelchair, your life isn’t over."
Lauren was recognised for her work around road safety earlier this year when she was awarded within the Queen's 2021 Birthday Honours List. Find out more about Road Safety Talks and read more about Lauren's story here. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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