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Ripley cop and four Derbyshire schools bring home national and regional Modeshift travel awards

Posted on 9th November 2016

A Ripley based police officer and four Derbyshire infant and primary schools have been crowned winners at a number of national and regional Modeshift travel awards ceremonies.

PC Neil Hopwell, of the Ripley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, has picked up ‘Individual of the Year’ for his commitment to sustainable travel in the national Modeshift STARS Awards.

The award was presented at a special dinner at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday, November 3.

It is the second time PC Hopwell has been given a national Modeshift award, as he won the ‘Contribution to Sustainable Travel Award- Team 2014’ alongside his colleague PCSO John Midgley and Rob Bounds, Senior Transport Officer at Derbyshire County Council.

PC Hopwell said: “I was humbled to be nominated for a second time for a national Modeshift STARS award for my work with local schools to promote safe and sustainable travel to youngsters.

“I’m thrilled to have come top, but it is something I couldn’t have achieved without the support of the schools I work with, local youngsters and the sustainable travel team at Derbyshire County Council.”

He added: “Team work really does make the dream work and I hope to continue to build upon this important campaign to make roads around local schools safer for everyone.”

Four Derbyshire schools have also been handed regional Modeshift STARS awards at a ceremony held in Stoke on Wednesday, October 12.

They faced competition from schools across the Midlands region which included nominations from local authorities in Leicestershire, Telford and Wrekin, Stoke on Trent and Solihull.

The winners were: 

  • Riddings Infant School: For ‘Effective Partnerships’ and their work with the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.
  • Ladycross Infant School, Sandiacre: For ‘Reducing Car Use’ and their work with the Sandiacre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team. The school was also crowned ‘School of the Region’ and will go through to another round of national awards which will be hosted in London next year.
  • Ashbrook Infant School, Borrowash: For ‘Promoting Road Safety’ and their work with the Borrowash and Ockbrook Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.
  • Brockwell Junior School, Chesterfield: For ‘Promoting Cycling’.

Denby Free Primary School was a runner up in the ‘Promoting Walking’ category for their work alongside the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Rob Bounds of Derbyshire County Council’s Sustainable Travel Team said: “We nominated the schools and their local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams for awards to recognise their work to promote active, safe and environmentally friendly modes of travel.

“To pick up so many awards is a huge success for Derbyshire and recognises the hard work which has taken place by schools, the police and other partnership agencies to encourage children to travel safely and actively.”

The awards are designed to recognise and reward Modeshift members for schemes, projects or other activities that support and encourage sustainable travel, by highlighting best practise, showing innovation and being inspirational.

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