A mum who talks about her own tragic experiences to warn youngsters about the need to drive safely has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
Janet Warin, 67, of Pool Court, Pickering, “burst into tears” when she learnt about the honour which recognises her services to the Drive Alive Awareness Campaign and to the Pickering community.
It will be the second visit she has made to Buckingham Palace in recent years - coming two years after husband David was similarly honoured with an MBE.
For the past 15 years, the couple have been tireless advocates about the dangers of driving following the tragic death of their teenage son, Daniel, in a car accident.
As volunteers with the North Yorkshire’s Drive Alive campaign, it is estimated they have shared the story about Daniel’s death, and the impact it had on them as a family, with more than 31,000 school pupils.
“I am absolutely delighted,” said Janet. “I actually burst into tears because I was so delighted. David and I had this conversation that we share his MBE - whatever we have done we share together ever since Daniel died. But to actually get one of my own and to be invited to the palace will be a great honour.”
She now hopes the MBE will further highlight the message that young people need to take care when driving. The couple were also vocal supporters of last year’s THINK! campaign which looked at the unexpected dangers to motorists, young and old, posed by country roads.
Janet said: “We are so passionate about Drive Alive, and about anything that spreads the word about safer driving. But because of what happened to Daniel, we are more passionate about young people taking care on the roads and thinking of others.”
Alongside Drive Alive, Janet has also served the community since 1962. As a volunteer, she has worked as a pre-school playgroup leader, made deliveries for Ryedale Meals on Wheels, been an organiser for the Ryedale branch of Contact the Elderly, helped with the Christmas Day lunch for the elderly in Pickering and, since 1995, been the group leader for The Compassionate Friends, an organisation with supports bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. She has also volunteered with St Catherine’s Hospice since 1999.
Janet now plans to celebrate her MBE at a special party at the Forest & Vale Hotel, Pickering, On Saturday, January 24, alongside family and friends, including her Drive Alive and work colleagues. The special occasion will be “threefold” - marking her 68th birthday, retirement and the MBE.