Service of remembrance for road crash victims next weekend

A SERVICE of remembrance for those who have died or been injured on our roads will be held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral next weekend. Taking place on Saturday (August 31) the event has been organised by RoadPeace as part of the charity’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. The service, in the cathedral’s Lady Chapel, starts at 2pm.

Afterwards, guests will be invited to the memorial for crash victims in neighbouring St John’s Gardens where five doves will be released to mark the five people who are killed each day on our country’s roads. Pauline Fielding, from Heswall, organises the annual event for RoadPeace, where she turned to for support after son Andrew was killed in 1994 at the age of just 18, in a crash caused by a driver who did not stay at the scene and was never traced. Mrs Fielding is now a trustee of the charity and says the service, which will be led by the Rector of Liverpool, Crispin Pailing, is a poignant way for people to pay tribute as well as raising awareness of how dangerous driving costs lives.

She believes remembrance plays a vital role in reminding society about the number of victims and highlighting the long term psychological impact on those bereaved and injured in road crashes. She said: “My son Andrew was killed in a road crash, caused by a driver who did not stop and who was never traced. “Since that day, 25 years ago, I have been fighting for justice for him and to reduce dangers on the road where he died, to help prevent others also experiencing the loss of a loved one.

“The day Andrew died changed my life and that of so many others. I was helped emotionally and practically by RoadPeace and so I urge all those bereaved or injured by road crashes, together with those who support us, to join us at the remembrance and raise awareness to help prevent further death and injury. “We are thankful to those who support us and to those who are working hard to reduce the number of people killed or injured on our roads.”

The event will be attended by former Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Roz Gladden and other dignitaries, as well as representatives of the emergency services and organisations which deal with and support road crash victims. One of the speakers will be inspirational Victoria Lebrec who was seriously injured in a crash in 2014. She was cycling to work when a skip lorry ran her over and she lost her leg as a result of the collision.

Vicky now works for RoadPeace as campaign co-ordinator – campaigning for victims’ rights and to reduce road danger. RoadPeace has a special helpline number, 0845 450 0355, and you can find out more about the organisation by visiting www.roadpeace.org. The event in Liverpool is one of many taking place across the globe as part of RoadPeace’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

It was first introduced in 1993 and quickly spread to other European countries before being adopted by the United Nations in 2005.

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