Award for fatal crash victim’s brave family
A BRAVE family have won an award for their continuing work to raise awareness of road safety.
Matthew Wilson, 21, from Poynton, died instantly when he lost control of his car and collided with a tree on the A51 near Nantwich in 2010.
An inquest found he was over the drink drive limit.
Since then his brave parents Dean and Dee Wilson, along with Matthew’s sister Hannah, have been working with Cheshire Police to teach people about the consequences of drink driving.
They have toured the region showing the public the actual wreckage of the black Renault Matthew was driving in a bid to share their message.
Matthew’s dad Dean has also starred in a hard-hitting theatre show about drink driving.
The family were given an Achieving Cheshire Excellence (ACE) award, a new gong to recognise the unsung heroes of Cheshire Police – officers, staff and volunteers – who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Chief Constable Simon Byrne said: “I am really proud to lead a great force like this. Hardly a day passes without me seeing first hand some of the hard work the officers, staff and volunteers do on behalf of the public. These awards are designed to boost traditional ways of recognising everyone who goes the extra mile, and gives them the recognition they deserve.
“I want to say well done to all the nominees and congratulations to the winners.
Mike Penning, minister for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Victims, said: “All police officers, staff and volunteers make a vital contribution every day to cutting crime and making their communities a better place to live and work.
“The drive and energy shown by the winners is truly inspiring.”
●● Dee Wilson and her daughter Hanna are pictured with John Dwyer, at the Achieving Cheshire Excellence award ceremony
●● Some of the children from Poynton High School on the charity walk