Tyneside pupil lifts the Charles Mayer Award at Living Streets' annual Supporters’ Conference in London.

Holly with her mum; Joe Irvin, CEO of Living Streets and Terence Bendixon, Living Streets President.


Holly is a Year 5 student and has totally transformed her school in North Shields and the wider community’s attitude to active school travel.

She has sat on her school's Eco Team from Year 1 and is the school's Green Ambassador for travel - she now has progressed to the point that she run's the school's WoW scheme independently of staff input.

She has created a community positive about walking. She is the only child we have met that runs a WoW scheme, events and street consultations independently and with measureable success.

She is a true ambassador for walking and proudly tells class members she’d like to work for Living Streets when she grows up.


Thank you to Miss Brownrigg and Fran from Living Streets for nominating me. I really like walking to school and do it everyday with my little sister. I’d like to work for Living Streets one day.


Recognising streets champions

The award recognises an individual, Living Streets Local Group, organisation or local authority who has made a difference to their local streets.

The Charles Maher Award was created by Living Streets to commemorate long-standing member and campaigner Charles Maher who left a significant legacy to the charity.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Building a movement for walking and highlights of the day included a keynote address from leading transport planner Phil Jones, and workshops discussing how to build support for our agenda.