Gongs for Spen people

H/S Carole Whittingham of Rastrick. -warlwhvj-
H/S Carole Whittingham of Rastrick. -warlwhvj-

A WOMAN who set up a charity for bereaved families following the loss of her son has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Carole Whittingham, who founded the charity Support and Care After Road Death and Injury (SCARD) after her son Steven was tragically killed by a drink and drugs driver in 1992, was awarded an MBE.

AWARD: Asst Chief Con John Parkinson.

AWARD: Asst Chief Con John Parkinson.

Steven died just yards from his home in High Street, Heckmondwike.

Carole said: “I thought it was a practical joke at first and I had to read it three times before it registered that it wasn’t a trick.

“I was just overwhelmed because I don’t think I have done anything in particular and people like me don’t receive things like this.

“I don’t see it as an award for me. It’s for the whole of SCARD and for the people who have been involved in it from the start like my husband and some of the trustees who have done so much work if not more than myself.”

Meanwhile, Asst Chief Conof West Yorkshire John David Parkinson, of Cleckheaton, was awarded the OBE for services to the police. ACC Parkinson has been a police officer for more than 30 years and has worked across Yorkshire as a specialist firearms officer, community liaison, on major crime investigations and in counter terrorism, as well as setting up the force’s first review team for old cases, called Operation Recall.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this honour. I feel very proud and privileged to have served with an organisation committed to public service for over 30 years. My career has provided me with some fantastic opportunities and experiences and there have been many highlights. One example that is immensely rewarding is that Operation Recall continues to bring closure for many long suffering victims of crime and brings offenders to justice who thought they had got away with their crimes.”