At Brake, we are proud to have some incredible volunteers. We are hugely in awe of their amazing support for us, and we want everyone to recognise how valuable and important volunteering is. Here we have selected a volunteer to spotlight, explaining a little bit about why they support Brake and how they’ve helped us.
This time we’d like to say thank you to Cheryl Broughton & family.
On Friday 3rd February, Lewis Crouch from Mansfield Woodhouse in Nottinghamshire tragically died when his scooter collided with a car as he drove home.
Lewis’s friends and family wanted to do something special in his memory to be able to help others and make a difference. The Manor Academy, where Lewis attended, held a fundraising day which included a bake sale, talent competition, dress down day and poster competition which was judged by Lewis’s parents.
Lewis’s mum, Cheryl Broughton, wanted to keep the momentum going and held a fundraising event the following day in the pub that she owns in Mansfield. The pub, which was full to capacity, had a bouncy castle, amazing raffle, bake sale and a range of entertainment.
All together over £5,000 was raised in Lewis’s memory.
As well as donating to Brake, Lewis’s family are going to use the money raised to buy memorial benches to put at the scene of the collision, and at the place where Lewis and his friends would hang out. Some of the money raised will also go towards Lewis’s family creating gift boxes for medical staff to give to grieving parents. They hope to develop some teenager-appropriate memory boxes which can be used to honour a teenager's memory and support the family immediately.
Cheryl is also working with local MP, Alan Meele, to campaign for slower speeds and average speed campers to be introduced on the road where Lewis died, which has seen many needless deaths in the last 10 years. You can sign the petition here. Thank to you all of Lewis’s friends and family for supporting Brake. The money they have raised will go towards preventing future road death and injury and supporting people bereaved and injured in road crashes.
If Lewis’s family inspired you to fundraise for Brake in memory of your loved one, please do get in touch. Why not fill in this form with your idea and our fundraising manager Lisa will give you a call to have a chat about ways in which we can work together.