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Community campaigner hailed for promoting personal safety in Pendleton

28th October 2014                                        

A COMMUNITY campaigner in Pendleton has been hailed after scooping a national award for promoting personal safety.

Graham Worrall, a Pendleton resident for 14 years, won the Suzy Lamplugh Trust Award for National Personal Safety Day after he arranged a community safety day attended by thousands of people at Pendleton Gateway.

At the event Mr Worrall gave away 300 personal alarm systems to Pendleton residents in just half an hour.

He also gave away dozens of window lock alarms and light timers for residents who are out of their home at night time or away on holiday.

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust awards were set up in memory of the 25-year-old estate agent who went missing after she went to meet an unknown client in Fulham in 1986. To date Suzy’s body has never been found but she was officially declared her dead in 1994.

Her parents, Paul and Diana Lamplugh, believed that Suzy, like most people at that time – and even now – was simply unaware of the possible dangers that individuals can face in society. Paul and Diana founded the Suzy Lamplugh Trust to highlight the risks people face and to offer advice, action and support to minimise those risks.

Mr Worrall set up the Pendleton Home Watch Scheme six years ago and in that time has grown it to become the largest home watch scheme in Salford.

The 51-year-old beat off competition from Rochdale Police, and Sgt Jim Macpherson a retired Met Police Officer in Haringey in order to win the national award.

Among the judges of the Suzy Lamplugh awards were Garry Shewan, Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, comedian Jo Brand and journalist Victoria Coren Mitchell.

Mr Worrall, who has more than 400 members in Pendleton Home Watch, said: “Organising a big event for the Suzy Lamplugh National Personal Safety Day sends out a strong message that Salford is a nice, safe place to live, work and play.

“Home Watch isn’t about curtain twitching at all, it’s about getting the community to integrate more and getting them to participate in activities. Once you know who you’re neighbours are you care about their safety more and look out for them.”

Mr Worrall was presented with the award at the headquarters of the British Medical Association in London on Monday, October 13.

Pendleton is currently one year into a £650m, 30-year regeneration scheme that will bring 1,600 new homes to the area and lead to the refurbishment of 1,250 existing homes.

Mr Worrall, who works as an assistant night-time manager in a hotel, said: “Personal safety isn’t rocket science but it’s about looking after each other. Salford is now being regenerated and that makes us feel like the whole community is being looked after too.

“I’d love to say a huge thank-you to Greater Manchester Police, Pendleton Together and everyone else for making the National Personal Safety Day such a success. I wouldn’t have won the award without their help.”

Chris Brown, Pendleton Together contract manager, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by Graham. It just shows how the local community in Pendleton is working together to make a difference.”

Mr Worrall’s Suzy Lamplugh Trust Personal Safety Day took place on Monday, October 6.

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