Mum tells of award set up in name of her son Sean.
Byline: CLAIRE HARRISON Nuneaton Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
THE legacy of a Bedworth student whose life was cut short continues to live on as a national award set up in his name has been awarded to innovative graduates.
The AIRSO Sean Morley Memorial Award has once again recognised the work of students whose ideas could have a huge impact on road safety.
Set up by the charity AIRSO (Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers), the award is aimed at universities across the UK and provides a platform for graduates to showcase their ideas and theories before potential employers and the road safety sector. Sean was hit and killed by a car driven by Mandeep Singh Gill on the A444 in September 2012.
Gill was given a 16-week jail term for failing to stop at the scene back in 2013, but was already serving a three-anda-half year sentence for supplying Class A drugs, meaning he served no extra time for the 20-year-old's death.
Sean's family have not only been championing a change in the law, but are also keen to ensure something positive arises from Sean's death. This is the second time that the awards have been given out and, with the help of Bedworth MP Craig Tracey, this time they were presented in Parliament.
Sean's mum Kerry said: "We were extremely proud when Dr Lucy Rackliff asked to run the Sean Morley AIRSO Award back in 2014. The idea being to allow graduates to showcase their ideas and theories before potential employers and experts rather than just shelve their university work.
"Road safety is not the most exciting sector and struggles to bring in new blood and ideas but this is a great platform to share these findings and encourage fresh and innovative findings.
"Our MP Craig Tracey has given us huge support and enabled the award to be held in Westminster. As a result, the award has had huge interest from parts of the industry.
"We were grateful to speak with the Transport Minister, Chris Grayling, who will look to offer opportunities for the entrants to showcase their work at key events. Many of these ideas are concepts which need to be put into place, be it manufactured or investigated more to make them deliverable, so it is really key to get industry experts and manufacturers involved.
"We are very excited with some of the work. I particularly liked the concept of reflective knitwear, which could be used in school uniforms. AIRSO is a road safety charity where members give their own time to make positive things like this happen. We thank them and also the two companies who sponsored the award, TTC Group and WRRS Consultancy."
She concluded: "What makes the award so appropriate for Sean is that he was studying history and politics at university and had spoken of one day being an MP.
"For MP Craig Tracey to organise the final judging to be in Westminster was really rather special. I would give the world to have Sean back with us and some days are much harder than others but there is comfort that Sean's name continues in such a positive way and through young people too.
"We will work hard to bring this opportunity to more graduates and welcome all industry support to keep the Sean Morley Award going."