Road safety campaigner Nikki Webber has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
The 30-year-old from Bircotes has spoken of her pride at being given the honour for her dedication to raising awareness of road safety.
“It’s a good award to have and so nice to be nominated but at the end of the day I am just Nikki Webber, putting a bit back into the community,” she said.
“A big, huge thank you to everyone who supports me and helps me. I wouldn’t be me without everyone who helps.”
“My life is only liveable because people are willing to give me a chance.”
“This is an award that I’m sharing with everybody.”
Twenty years ago Nikki was knocked down by a car in Bawtry as she ran across the road while out collecting chestnuts with her mum, dad and sister.
She was in a coma for six weeks and left severely brain damaged.
Her parents were told she would never walk or talk again but she began talking again after 18 months and walking after two years.
Nikki’s website www.nikkiwebber.co.uk tells her uplifting story.
Her mum Janet said the whole family were so proud of Nikki, who was nominated for the award by Notts Police inspector Tony Dennis and South Yorkshire Police Sergeant Richard Barnes. “The pair work with Nikki on a regular basis when she gives talks to children about road safety and gives public presentations.
“We are very proud. Rather than sit round and feel sorry for herself she turned a negative thing into a positive one.”
“She can’t go out and earn money and hold down a full-time job, she can go round and tell people what happened and raise awareness.”
“She leaves a lasting impression. She has a fantastic personality and a fantastic sense of humour.”
Also receiving an MBE is Heather Jean Mellow, a former consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for services to medicine.
Notts Police deputy chief constable Chris Eyre has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal. He joined the force in July last year.
He said: “I am absolutely thrilled and more than a little humbled.”
“On a personal level it’s always very satisfying to be rewarded but for me this is a reflection of the outstanding work done by some equally outstanding colleagues I have had the pleasure of working with.”