Sibling double act tackling road safety together
A brother and sister have joined forces to keep children safe as they patrol one of Durham’s busiest school crossing points.
Peter and Lisa Hope work as school crossing patrols (SCPs) at Neville’s Cross Bank in Durham City and are Durham County Council’s only sibling SCP duo.
Peter, 27, who began working as a SCP in 2008 and has been on duty at Neville’s Cross Bank since April 2014, is now joined by his sister Lisa, 36.
Peter said: “I really enjoy working as a SCP – I remember when I was a young boy waiting at the roadside before the lollipop person helped us across and now I get to do the same.
“I’ve always wanted to work with children and it’s really nice being able to spend time with them and they’re always happy to chat and tell you all about their lives.
“It’s good being able to work with my sister too as we get to travel to and from work together and have a laugh. We never fall out and it makes the job a lot more relaxing too – I taught her everything at first but now she thinks she’s in charge.
“It’s really important to be in synch with one another and make sure you don’t step out into the road at different times - we seem to instinctively know what the other person is going to do.”
Lisa added: “I was always picking Peter up and dropping him off for work and often waiting for him so when the job came up I thought to myself, why not go for it? I applied and got it and it’s been really good so far.
“The kids are great and it’s really rewarding being able to help them get across the road safely.”