THE YEAR 2013 will have an extra special ring to it for a Pickering community champion.
The title of MBE was bestowed upon David Warin, 73, for services to Drive Alive and to the community in Pickering in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.
After his 17-year-old son Daniel died in a road accident in 1995, Mr Warin has worked tirelessly for York and North Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership’s 95 Alive programme, promoting responsible driving and road safety to students throughout the area.
Something of a stranger to free time, David’s expansive community work has seen him set up a bereavement support group, become a local representative of Compassionate Friends, and a member of the national committee for several years.
The group is still active and runs on an as needed basis.
For 12 years he has helped to provide Christmas Day lunch for elderly folk in town.
Up until a few months ago, Mr Warin worked for the Adult Education department at the main Ryedale office based at Lady Lumley’s School.
He is a member of the Lions group, helps to provide meals once a month for elderly residents and also supports various other charity causes.
On receiving the honour, Mr Warin said: “It’s a tremendous feeling, I was surprised in many ways.
“You don’t do it with a view to get an award, so it’s an extra on top of the pleasure you get with the work you do.”
Mr Warin insists however that the title could not have been achieved without the help of his wife, Janet.
“There’s the saying that behind every man there’s always a better woman, and Jan has been tremendously supportive,” he added.
“Ever since Daniel died we gradually reached the point where we thought we needed to do something, not just to help us but to help other people as well.
“Much of our work is with Drive Alive now.
“We run day programmes with year 11 and 12 students in secondary schools and have come across 25,000 students in the time.”
Although a retired teacher, having previously worked as a deputy head at the former Norton School and in various posts on and off at Lady Lumley’s School since 1996, Mr Warin’s passion remains dedicated to helping others.
As a result, he continues to mentor groups of older students from the district and marks an impressive 53rd year in teaching in 2013.