Rhoose lollipop lady Karin Williams presented with Pride of Britain award
5:02pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
OUTSTANDING BRAVERY: Karin Williams with her husband Lyndon, James Corden and (from left)Taylor, Jay, Shanai, Elena, Liam and Bethan (Pic Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards)
THE HEROIC Rhoose lollipop lady that threw herself in front of a car as it hurtled towards a group of school children has been presented with a Pride of Britain award.
Karin Williams was presented with an Outstanding Bravery award during the Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards at Grosvenor House in central London on Monday this week.
Karin was welcomed on to the stage by the host Carol Vorderman and was presented with the award by Gavin and Stacey star James Corden.
She was also supported on the stage by her husband Lyndon and the children from Rhws Primary School that she saved from the crash.
Thanks to her bravery none of the youngsters were seriously injured.
Karin was nominated for the award by members of the public after her heroic attempt to save the school children she was helping to cross the road.
The crash happened during the morning school run at about 8.50am on Thursday, June 20.
Karin, 50, dived into the cars path and attempted to push the children to safety.
Mum-of-one Karin was in hospital for nine weeks afterwards as she suffered injuries including broken kneecaps, a broken lower leg, right elbow, left shoulder, two cracked ribs, facial injuries and a broken little finger.
The 61-year-old driver of the car had lost control after mounting a speed bump and stepping on the accelerator instead of the brake, as he reportedly suffered a “coughing fit”.
Karin took the brunt of the impact before becoming trapped under the car as it hit a bollard and overturned in front of terrified parents and children outside Rhws Primary School.
She was rushed to hospital where she had an eight-hour operation on her broken bones.
Eight other people involved in the accident, three adults and five children, needed hospital treatment and are now all recovering.
Onlookers were quick to praise Karin for her instinctive actions, with a Facebook page set up calling for her to be recognised for her bravery.
Karin is now undergoing regular physiotherapy and relies on a wheelchair to get around.
Doctors say it could be a year before she’s completely mobile again, but she has vowed to return to her job as a lollipop lady as soon as she is fit enough.
Describing the crash she said: “I don’t remember pushing the children away.
“I just remember standing on the pavement with the children around me waiting to cross, and the next thing I knew I was on the ground with a paramedic leaning over me telling me not to move.
“I wasn’t in pain. I was in shock.”
After being handed the award, she said: “I’m not brave.
“I did my job. It was pure instinct.”
The Daily Mirror's 15th annual Pride of Britain Awards was attended by a host of famous faces including Prince William and Prince Charles, David Beckham, Michael McIntyre and Jimmy Carr.
The winners, which are nominated by members of the public, are selected by a judging committee which this year included: ITN news anchorman Mark Austin, Campaigner and Pride of Britain winner 2012 Katie Piper, Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Denise Lewis OBE, former England footballer Michael Owen and President of the Royal College of Nursing Andrea Spyropoulos.
The Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards will be televised on Tuesday, October 8, at 8pm on ITV in a two-hour special.