Inspirational ex-Harrogate student is named in Queen's Birthday Honours list as North Yorkshire community stalwarts are recognised

A brave Knaresborough woman who went to school in Harrogate has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her remarkable work on road safety.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 10:30 pm
Flashback to 2018 - Inspirational Lauren Doherty (with Jubel Ahmed and Clare Flynn) takes her Road Safety Talk to pupils at Harrogate High School.

Lauren Doherty, who is to receive the BEM for services to education, has shown remarkable strength of character since she was in an accident crossing the road on Skipton Road in August 2008.

Despite spending 18 months in hospital, including time at a spinal unit in Sheffield, her major range of disabilities mean she is still confined to a wheelchair nearly 15 years later.

But she has never given up and has devoted her time to helping others

The former Starbeck Primary, Harrogate High and King James’s School pupil not only does not let her enduring life-changing injuries this stop her living a full life, she also visits local schools to give remarkably honest talks to pupils in her own Road Safety Talks series so that it never happens to them.

In the talks, Lauren uses her personal experience of a road traffic accident to educate children and adults about road safety and disabilities.

It's not the first time's Lauren's incredible efforts have been recognised.

In 2019, Lauren was awarded the Unsung Hero award by the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation.



The Queen’s Birthday Honours lists recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK, from all walks of life.

Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Paul Booth OBE. Chair, Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership. For services to Business and the Economy. (Yarm, North Yorkshire)

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Charles David Forbes Adam DL. For Charitable Fundraising. (Selby, North Yorkshire)

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Frances Helen Elliot. Head of Practical Support Services, Harrogate Easier Living Project, and Chief Executive, Harrogate and District Community Action. For services to the community in Harrogate during Covid-19. (Harrogate, North Yorkshire)

Martyn Featherstone. Lecturer, The Northern School of Art, Middlesbrough. For services to Further Education. (Redcar, North Yorkshire)

Louise Sarah Hodgson. Head, Workforce Development Enablers, College of Policing. For services to Policing and Recruitment through the Covid-19 Pandemic. (Harrogate, North Yorkshire)

Edith Jayne. For services to Holocaust Education and Awareness. (New Earswick, North Yorkshire)

Ian Michael Kirby. For services to BT Global and Business Continuity during Covid-19. (Tadcaster, North Yorkshire)

John Wilson Oxley. For services to Heritage. (Scarborough, North Yorkshire)

Graeme Thompson. For services to Cultural Regeneration in Sunderland. (York, North Yorkshire)

Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)

Dorothy Irene Braithwaite. For services to the community in York, North Yorkshire. (York, North Yorkshire)

Lauren Amy Doherty. Founder, Road Safety Talks. For services to Education. (Knaresborough, North Yorkshire)

Deborah McClelland. Police Community Support Officer, Cleveland Police. For services to Policing and the community in Middlesbrough. (Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire)

Stephanie Phillip. For services to Dance and Musical Theatre. (Skipton, North Yorkshire)

Barbara Swinn. For services to Explore York Library and Archive Service and to the community in York. (York, North Yorkshire)

Queen's Fire Service Medal (QFSM)

Rose Elizabeth Fearnley. Watch Manager, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. (North Yorkshire)

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