April 20 2014 Latest news:

Latest London news, sport & entertainment

Local Weather

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

Five-day forecast

New Year’s Honours: Mother of daughter killed in lorry collision rewarded with OBE for road safety campaigning

Cynthia Barlow Cynthia Barlow

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
2:36 PM

The mother of a cyclist tragically killed in a collision with a lorry has been made an OBE for road safety campaigning.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

As chairman of RoadPeace UK, Cynthia Barlow, 69, of Camden Town, fights to prevent road deaths as well as offering support for the families of road collision victims.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Ms Barlow, of North Villas, said when she first heard the news about her OBE. “That may be because road deaths are not high profile in the media, so hopefully this will do something about that, to make the people in the right jobs more aware that they can all do something to stop these dreadful collisions.”

Ms Barlow lost her only child, 26-year-old Alex McVitty, after she was hit by a concrete mixer lorry in June 2000 as she cycled to work in the City of London.

Ms Barlow sought justice for her daughter’s death, but when she was repeatedly refused information by the coroner and the police she became determined to campaign for better road safety in the UK.

Lucy Dennett, of Hampstead, was also made an OBE for services to volunteering while Deborah Ounsted, of Camden Town, was made a CBE for services to the charitable sector.

Entrepreneur and Hampstead resident Priya Lakhani, the creator of Masala Masala sauces, 
becomes an OBE for services to business, community and voluntary initiatives.

Share this article


   Local advertisers

More news

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Ham&High on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Hampstead businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Ham&High, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE