I was asked to be a guest speaker at the Women in Policing Conference the same day I received the news that I had been awarded a Chief Constables Commendation from North Yorkshire Police.
It was a great honour to be asked to speak, but I remember being really nervous beforehand as it was the first time I had spoken to an Adult audience, I had only spoken in Schools at that point. The event was open to Police Officers and Police Staff in North Yorkshire Police and there were around 100 guests in attendance.
The conference was being held at Sandburn Hall near York which was a lovely venue. The theme this year was Personal Resilience. The date had fallen just right as my Parents were my Carers for the afternoon. It meant a great deal having them there to hear me talk as they don’t often get the chance to.
We didn’t know it at the time, but Casey, the Police Officer I have previously written about who was first on the scene of my accident and travelled with me in the ambulance to the hospital, was sat in the audience. Casey also attended the Road Safety Talks Charity Launch later that month, again without us knowing who she was, so unbeknown to me, we had been in each other’s company twice without me knowing of her involvement in my life. I believe that fate brought us together again that day.
The Chief Constable in North Yorkshire Police, Lisa Winward, introduced me to the audience with Julia Mulligan, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire bringing the day to a close after me.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Brodie at the event who is the Chief Fire Officer for North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue.
It was lovely to meet everyone that day and I really welcomed their feedback on my talk as it was the first time I had spoken about my life in that way. We continue to work in collaboration with North Yorkshire Police and also North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue raising awareness of the consequences of not taking care on the roads.