Lollipop lady acted as "human shield" to save children
Karin Williams, 50, is recovering after breaking several bones when she jumped in front of an Audi, saving the lives of several children outside a school in South Wales.
Thousands of well-wishers are calling for a lollipop lady who saved children from an out-of-control car to be given a bravery award. A major online campaign pressing for her to be given official recognition for her life saving courage has blossomed overnight.
Karin Williams, 50, used herself as a human shield in a selfless act which almost certainly saved the lives of children. Her bravery, outside Rhoose Primary School in the Vale of Glamorgan, south Wales, left her bleeding and injured, pinned under an Audi car.
She is recovering in hospital today after undergoing eight hours of surgery on her broken body following Thursday morning's ordeal. The apparently freak accident left her with two broken kneecaps, a broken elbow, a broken shoulder and a badly swollen face.
Driver Robert Bell, 61, has since described the coughing fit he suffered at the wheel of his Audi which triggered the accident. In a heartbeat he lost control, accelerating and somehow flipping the car, which also contained his grand-daughter, on to its roof. Five children and four adults, including the driver and his grand-daughter and Mrs Williams, were injured in the process.
One, a nine-year-old schoolgirl, was taken to University Hospital of Wales, in Cardiff, and treated in paediatric intensive care. As details of the lollipop lady's selfless courage spread so to has a growing urge to see her publicly thanked for her action. A Facebook campaign page entitled "Bravery award for the Rhoose hero lollipop lady" has convinced thousands to give the idea a thumbs up.
Many have also left messages of encouragement and tribute, including Mrs Williams' own daughter Svenja. She writes: "Thanks for all the support for my mum i read all your messages to her and the smile on her face is priceless she is a hero and a soldier for going through what she is thanks again all x"
Niece Katie Parker-Pants, writes: "Very proud to say this lady is my aunty. She would be blown away by all your kind words xxxxxxx" Paul Watkins, added: "Legend...always has a chat to my two every morning............MP's and Dodgy Bankers in the city take note..........!!!!!! A people person with guts!!"
The Facebook page itself was only set up yesterday when the full extent of the injuries suffered by Mrs Williams were still unknown. It contains an open appeal for her to be given a Royal Humane Society award for bravery.
"Sir, I would like to know if you would consider nominating Mrs williams the Rhoose Lollipop lady, for a humane society bravery award, after all she showed courage far beyond what was expected of her in the LINE OF DUTY so far the web page on face book has had over 3000 people thinking she should."
It continues: "If anyone deserves an award she does, and every parent including yourself would like to think that their school lollipop person would do the same please support this application true hero's are hard to find.."
Local councillor Jeffery James has already spoken of his own intention of seeing Mrs Williams honoured for her act of bravery. He intends speaking with the Vale of Glamorgan Council, her employer, and the school outside which she works, on the subject. As momentum for the campaign grows, many of those giving their support are unconnected with the community affected.
Tracy Edwards is, like many posting on the page, writing just to express her appreciation of a stranger. "What an amazing woman!! A real heroine who so deserves a bravery award!!! Thoughts and prayers to this lady and her family and hope you get well soon x"