HERO lollipop lady Karin Williams has been awarded for her bravery at the inaugural St David Awards.

Karin, from Rhoose was awarded for stepping in front of an out of control car which was headed towards children on the crossing outside Rhws Primary School in June last year.

She received her award from First Minister, Carwyn Jones, at a special ceremony in Cardiff on Thursday, March 13.

The St David Awards is a new scheme that recognises the achievements of Welsh people, each nominated by members of the public.

Carwyn Jones said: “The winners of these awards are exceptional people. They have done extraordinary and inspiring things and I’m proud that the Welsh Government has been able to recognise their achievements through these firs-ever St David Awards.

“As well as acknowledging the winners, I’d like to recognise those finalists who did not receive an award. They have moving and motivating stories and are a credit to themselves, their families and communities. Just to be short-listed for an award such as this is a tremendous feat in itself.

“I would also like to thank the people from across Wales who nominated individuals and groups for the Awards, without them alerting us to these stories of inspiration and success, we may not have been able to recognise these remarkable people.

“Finally, I’d like to acknowledge the support of the Awards’ sponsors, who have helped us to stage such a positive event.”