Awards for making school run greener

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A Ripley police officer has been honoured for helping pupils get to school in a safe and environmentally-friendly way.

PC Neil Hopwell, of the 
Ripley Safer Neighbourhood policing team, 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 were also handed regional Modeshift STARS awards.

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 included Riddings Infant School for ‘Effective Partnerships’ and their work with the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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.”