The mother of a York student who drowned in the River Ouse has collected a posthumous degree in her daughter's name.
Megan Roberts never lived to complete her studies after the accident nearly two years ago when she stumbled into the river after a night out.
Today Jackie Roberts was at York Minister to collect the award, as Katie Oscroft reports:
The mother of Megan Roberts, the student who drowned in York's River Ouse, says safety campaigning has helped her cope with grief.
It is just over a year since Megan's body was found after the 20-year-old went missing on a night out in the city.
Her mother Jackie has since worked with charities, including fundraising for a new river boat.
A barrier will soon be put up at the spot where Megan is believed to have fallen in.
"It wasn't an intentional thing but it's become something that is very important to me.
"It keeps Megan's memory alive for me and it's a way of dealing with my grief.
"It's all about Megan and I've said all along Megan would say, 'go for it mum.'
"I just feel like she deserves to be remembered."
The families of three young people who drowned in York's rivers are to take part in a new safety campaign to help prevent further tragedy.
Ben Clarkson, Tyler Pearson and Megan Roberts all died earlier this year.
Now the local police and council are due to announce plans on how to tackle the drinking culture which has been a factor in a number of river related deaths in the city.
Frazer Maude reports:
The families of three young people who drowned in York's river are due to take part in a new river safety campaign.
Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, says the campaign looks to address "underlying issues" such as alcohol that can affect the way people behave around rivers when they are "on a night out".
The families of three young people who drowned in York's river are due to take part in a new safety campaign.
Megan Roberts, Ben Clarkson and Tyler Pearson all drowned between January and March 2014.
Their families will now meet with the authorities later this week.
Campaigners in York show Tyne Tees just how dangerous the Ouse is, and how much difference a boat would make.
Eight people have died in the region's rivers in the last year alone.
A mother whose daughter drowned in the River Ouse in York is supporting a new rescue charity that she hopes will prevent other families from suffering the same loss.
Jackie Roberts has been campaigning for better river safety since 20-year-old Megan's death.
She is welcoming the plan by York Rescue Boat to raise money for a patrol boat, as well as awareness of the potential dangers of waterways.
The mother of York student Megan Roberts who drowned in the River Ouse is backing a newly-formed rescue charity. York River Rescue is now raising funds for a boat to patrol the river and help to save lives.
Jackie Roberts, from Wetherby, says she heartily supports the charity which aims to make the rivers of York safer by education and awareness, as well as by providing a patrol and rescue boat.
It's hoped the boat will eventually patrol the river at high risk times of the day and night, such as mid-week student nights, Friday night and Saturday afternoons and nights.
A new patrol scheme is planned for York to ensure the safety of students on nights out, particularly around the City's rivers.
Following the death of Megan Roberts in the River Ouse and Ben Clarkson in the Foss, a meeting was held last night, at which various measures were discussed. This new initiative has come from the Students union at York University.
Students' Union President, Kallum Taylor described the plans:
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