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22 Nov 2018

Robbie Lea Water Safety Partnership recognised as Community Safety Initiative of Year.

On Friday 16th November the Robbie Lea Water Safety Partnership won Community Safety Initiative of the Year at the HEART awards. These awards are presented by the Community Protection Directorate, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue. The awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of Community Protection staff in improving the safety and wellbeing of people in Hertfordshire and innovative work being undertaken in the community. The Director of Community Protection and Chief Fire Officer, Darryl Keen presented the awards.

The partnership was chosen because of the work it is doing to prevent any further tragic loss of life. The Robbie Lea Water Safety Partnership has engaged over 4,000 people in its first year. It has been praised for its effectiveness in bringing together many different agencies.

This is the partnership’s second award, it was awarded the Innovation in Public Service and Community Focus Award at the Hertfordshire Constabulary Chief Constable Awards the previous month.

Partnership chair, Karen Wheeler, Lee Valley Regional Park Youth and Schools Manager said “It’s been a real privilege to work in such a dynamic partnership with such dedicated organisations and individuals. The partnership has achieved engagement across the borough and great feedback from the young people and their teachers, providing positive action in memory of Robbie Lea. I am so pleased that the hard work or all partners has been recognised with these awards.”

The partnership was inspired by the efforts of Sarah Lea (Robbie’s mother) to raise awareness of water safety issues. The partnership consist of the family of Robbie Lea; Lee Valley Regional Park Authority; Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue, Hertfordshire Police; RNLI; Crucial Crew; Hertfordshire Sports Partnership; Canal and River Trust; Cheshunt Football Club; Parks Patrol; Broxbourne Council; Royal Life Saving Society.


Further information:
At the launch event teachers gave these comments:
Tara Haddock, Assistant Head Teacher, The John Warner School said:
‘The water safety launch event which our school attended was an excellent opportunity for our students to learn some essential life skills. It was a pleasure to be involved in something so positive following the terrible tragedy of Robbie Lee’s death.’

Abi Naugher, Assistant Head Teacher, Broxbourne School said:
‘It is always sad when a tragedy instigates an event like this; however the pupils took an enormous amount from the day, it was fun, educational and will hopefully save lives in the future.’

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