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Advice for parents and families

As a parent, you will have understandable road safety concerns for your child which are likely to change as your child gets older. Road crashes are the biggest cause of death among 5-25 year-olds. But there are key steps you can take to help protect your child. This page provides simple advice from your child's birth to reaching the age when they may start learning to drive or be a passenger with other young drivers.

You can also read our advice for children and teenagers.

And why not make the Brake Pledge as a family, to show your commitment to road safety?

If you work with infants, either as a childminder, in a pre-school, play group or nursery, you might be interested in running a Beep Beep! Day. Find out more.


Child seats

✔ Never hold a child in your arms in a vehicle - use a modern child seat suitable for their size and weight. Keep using a child or booster seat appropriate for your child’s size until they’re 150cm tall. Buy one with the United Nations E mark or BS Kitemark and don’t use second-hand.

✔ Follow the fitting instructions exactly. If possible, fit the seat in the middle of the back of your car. If you need to use a taxi, book one you can fit your baby seat into.

à Take a look at our letter to parents on 2017 car seat law changes.

à Read more advice on baby seats and child restraints.

Safe vehicles and safe driving

✔ The safety of your child in cars also depends on the protection provided by the vehicle. If you're buying a car, check out its crash test rating and buy the safest you can.

✔ The other critical factor is your driving. So stay well within speed limits, never drive after drinking any alcohol or when stressed, tired or distracted, and switch off your phone.

à Make the Brake Pledge to commit to safe driving.

Accepting lifts from friends and relatives

✔ It is just as important that your child is appropriately restrained in other people's cars, and driven slowly and safely. If you are unsure, don't let them go. In some situations it might be socially awkward, but the safety of your child must always be priority.


Buggies and push chairs

✔ If you use a buggy or push chair, strap in your child securely and keep the buggy well back from the edge of the road when getting ready to cross. If you can carry the weight, front and back carriers are a safer way to carry babies near busy roads, and mean your hands are free.

✔ If you use a buggy on hilly streets, use a strap that goes around your wrist and the buggy handle; it means if you slip and let go, the buggy won't roll away.

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✔ When your child first starts to walk with you, talk to them about how they must always hold your hand. Make sure hand-holding is your number one rule your child always follows, especially when crossing roads. If your child is likely to pull away from you, use safety reins or a wrist strap.

Teach road safety

✔ Teach road safety to your child from the age of two using fun games and rhymes. You can use our Beep Beep! Day activities for fun ways to teach road safety. Make sure they understand the meaning of stop, go, traffic, danger, look, listen, walk don't run, and other key road safety words.

à Encourage your child's nursery, playgroup or school to run take part in a Beep Beep! Day or Brake's Kids Walk.

Nursery/school trips

✔ If your child is going on a nursery or school trip by coach or minibus, check if they are using a modern vehicle with three-point seatbelts.

à See our advice for teachers on school trips and check if the nursery or school is following this advice.

When to allow your child to walk on their own around local roads

✔ Children under eight should always be accompanied by and hold hands with an adult around roads, particularly when crossing.

✔ When your child reaches the age of eight, you should consider whether to allow them to walk independently. It can be a tough decision as you will need to consider their development and weigh up the benefits of them being active and healthy with traffic danger in your area.

✔ When you decide to let your child walk independently, remind them about the importance of crossing safely using the Green Cross Code, paying attention to the road, and help them to plan the safest possible route (along quiet, slow roads with pavements or traffic-free paths) to school, the park or their friends' houses.

✔ If you are concerned about traffic danger in your area, such as due to fast traffic or a lack of pavements, you could also start a campaign for a 20mph limit or pavements and crossings, or whatever your community needs, using Brake’s advice.

✔ You can also encourage your child's school to organise practical pedestrian training, which is usually offered by local authority road safety teams.

à Read our advice for teachers on pedestrian and cycle training.


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✔ Brake recommends that children under 10 don’t cycle on roads. Many roads are unsafe for children, particularly fast and bendy rural roads and busy town roads without separate space for cyclists.

✔ Happily, some communities now have great cycling facilities, including separate paths for cyclists, which can be a great way for children to start enjoying the benefits of cycling while they are safe from traffic.

à If your area doesn’t have cycling facilities, why not start a campaign.

✔ You can also help your child gain experience through cycle training arranged through their school or the local authority. Even if it's not safe for them to cycle on local roads, this is helpful for them starting to gain experience, and great if you are planning a cycling holiday.

✔ Make sure their bike is well-maintained with working brakes and lights, which they should use in poor visibility, although cycling in the dark is best avoided.

✔ If your child cycles on roads, help them plan the safest possible routes making use of traffic-free paths and quiet, slow roads. Tell them to get off and walk their bike on the pavement if they have to negotiate any busy junctions.

à Read more advice for cyclists.


Going to secondary school

✔ Your child's risk of being injured on foot or on a bicycle increases as they gain independence – far more teens are knocked down and hurt than younger children. Peer pressure can also cause children to behave unsafely. Keep talking about road safety with your child, ensure they know the importance of continuing to take great care when crossing including putting their phone away and taking earphones out, and help them plan the safest possible routes in your area.

à Teens can get advice and resources, and watch videos on road safety in Brake’s young people and road safety section.

2Y2DYoungDriver2Accepting lifts from mates

✔ Talk to your son or daughter about the dangers of accepting lifts from mates driving cars or motorbikes. Young drivers, young males in particular, are the highest risk group of drivers due to their age and inexperience: this means they are particularly likely to take risks and less able to cope with hazards.

✔ It’s safest to avoid lifts altogether with young drivers, or at least don’t get a lift with someone you don’t trust completely to drive under speed limits, completely sober, and focused on the road.

✔ Agree with your son or daughter that you will always pick them up if they are stuck and need you to, even if it's late at night. Make sure they're always able to get hold of you if they need to, and tell them they can call you any time, day or night. It might be an inconvenience, but better safe than sorry. If you don't drive, give your son or daughter emergency numbers and tell them you have cash in the house to pay for it in case they get stranded without a lift and need to get home.

Learning to drive

✔ Many young people see driving as their route to independence. But the younger someone learns to drive, the greater the risk of them crashing and being seriously hurt or killed.

✔ There is often no need for young people to drive or own a car; it's dangerous, expensive, and harmful to the environment. Help your son or daughter to look at the alternatives to driving and understand the benefits of not driving, especially the money they will save. If they are going on to further education, they will probably be living somewhere with access to public transport. Encourage them to spend their cash on something more constructive than a car, such as a great holiday.

✔ If they are determined to learn to drive, you could offer an incentive to delay, for example offering to pay for their driving lessons if they wait until they are 21, or funding their use of public transport in the meantime.

Advice for young people

à Young people who are non-drivers, learners or already driving, can read our advice, explore our young people and road safety section, and make the Brake Pledge.

Read more and take action:

   -   Make the Brake Pledge with your family
   -   Explore Brake’s training and resources for engaging young people 
   -   Check out Brake’s projects for schools and nurseries
   -   Get involved in Road Safety Week
   -   Get advice on running a road safety campaign in your area
   -   Donate to Brake or fundraise in your community

Bake for Brake!

Bake for Brake is BACK! This February we are looking for offices, schools and individuals to grab your aprons and hold a Bake for Brake fundraiser!

There's no set date to run an event, just anytime during February!

Get in touch and we’ll send you our FREE fundraising pack filled with lots of resources to help including Bake for Brake posters, balloons, leaflets, tips and inspirational fundraising ideas to make sure your event really takes off! Plus, we'll send you a brand new e-pack filled with more ideas and inspiration, games and posters.

Call us on 01484 810459, email to to register your event and to receive your free Bake for Brake fundraising pack!


It’s Easy! Making a load of cupcakes is the simplest thing in the world, but everyone loves them, particularly if they know their extra calorie intake is all in a good cause.

Charge £1 for every slice sold at work, or 50p for every cupcake! You can have your own one-off sale, or sell tasty treats during a big event, such as a school fete, coffee morning or charity night

Bake Off! Why not hold a pay-to-enter baking competition for your friends or colleagues? Pick a judge – perhaps a local dignitary or your boss – to vote on which is the best. You can set categories, eg ‘best decorated’ or ‘most tasty’!


Read what Helen did! Our fundraiser, Helen, has been Baking for Brake now for the past few years and has raised just under £2,500 for us. Helen says “I became aware of Brake after losing my brother to a road crash almost 10 years ago. I decided I wanted to help raise funds for Brake, so I began baking and asking for donations for cakes/quiches at work. The idea was successful and soon, along with homemade cakes I started buying snacks (chocolate bars, crisps and drinks etc) and asking for donations towards the charity. I have a poster next to the Snack Table which shows how much money has been raised. It's a worthwhile cause and for very little input there’s a great outcome for Brake.”

Not sure what to make? Here are two easy road safety themed recipes to follow:

Traffic-Light Biscuits
Road Safety Cup Cakes

Want to do it? Call us on 01484 810459, email to or complete a short online form for more tips and ideas to help your event be a success. Or if you don't need any help, just donate the funds you raise from your event using the button at the top of this website or by calling 01484 559909 to pay by credit card over the phone or send by cheque to PO Box 548, Huddersfield, HD1 2XZ.

Check out more photos received from our amazing fundraisers 

Not for you?  Return to fundraising home page 


Become a Brake Tubber

Fancy raising awareness for road safety and fundraising to help save lives, all whilst gaining skills, having fun and improving your CV?

Why not become a Tubber for Brake?

We are looking for people to join our fabulous group of Brake volunteers.

What is a Tubber, and what do they do?For Tubber wesbite

A Tubber is a Collection Tub Coordinator, placing Brake collection tubs in various locations, such as pubs, shops and local businesses. Tubbers will be responsible for monitoring these tubs, collecting and counting money when they are full, and reporting back to the Community Fundraising team at regular intervals to make sure we have an accurate record of our collection tubs.

What makes a good Tubber?

A great Tubber needs to have good organisational, communication and interpersonal skills. To do this role you will need to liaise with pubs, schools and businesses, so you must also have the confidence to do so.

When and where?

This role is very flexible. The amount of time you spend volunteering will depend on how many collection tubs you decide to coordinate.And you can choose where you put your collection tubs. So, it's down to you when and where you volunteer!


As a charity that relies on fundraising, placing collection tubs in your community will help raise vital funds for our life-saving work. It will also help improve your skills, especially in organisation and communication, and is a great way to boost your CV!

How will Brake support YOU?

We will provide all the resources you need as a Tubber. We will also provide any support you need - all you need to do is contact the Community Fundraising team at or call 01484 810457.

This sounds great! How can I apply?

To apply, email or call 01484 810457.

Become a Friend of Brake

Janine LeslieWe are calling on people across the UK, who feel passionately about road safety, to become a Friend of Brake.  Our Friends of Brake are the face of Brake within communities.   Brake is a small charity, run by a team of dedicated staff in our national office, but we need YOUR help to reach out to even more people across communities.

Why become a Friend of Brake?
Being a Friend of Brake is a great way to support the charity.  Here are just some of the reasons why you should get involved:

- Have the opportunity to make a difference
- Help us continue our dedicated work preventing road death and injuries
- Meet new people and form new friendships
- Share experiences and have fun
- Receive support from other Brake volunteers

What does it involve?Walk Sheila 1
- Being a representative of Brake in your local area
- Organising events and activities to raise funds for our charity
- Placing and maintaining collection boxes in local shops and businesses
- Helping raise awareness, locally, about our road safety campaigns
- Supporting local road safety campaigns needing extra help and voices
- Attending events as a Brake representative

You won't be on your own!
Brake staff in our community volunteering and fundraising team can support you with anything you need.  We will also put you in touch with other Friends of Brake and you will be able to chat via our Friend of Brake Facebook Group.

We recognise that people are busy; don't worry, being a Friend of Brake means that you can be as involved as YOU want to be!  Your time and effort, however small, will be recognised and appreciated.

To find out more about becoming a Friend of Brake, email Joe Fenton at or ring for a chat on 01484 550060. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Bike for Brake

As a road safety charity, Brake is passionate about drivers taking more care to protect cyclists, so we’re the perfect charity to support by doing a sponsored bike ride.

We have places on the London to Paris Cycle 2019:

The perfect cycle for any Tour de France follower!
Brake is looking for 10 keen cyclists to take part in a fabulous fundraising cycle, from London to Paris.  

Day 1: London to Calais (95 miles)
Day 2: Calais to Aras (75 miles)
Day 3: Aras to Beauvais (70 miles)
Day 4: Beauvais to Paris (60 miles)
Day 5: A day in Paris to watch the Tour de France finale

What’s included?:  All  accommodation, travel by ferry and Eurostar, all meals during cycling days, water, refreshments, guides, mechanics and medical support.

What’s the cost?:  A £125 registration fee to secure your place and we ask that you raise £1,650 in sponsorship.

To sign up, visit:

Want to bike for Brake? Call Lisa on 01484 683294 or complete a short online form to find out more.

Brake were a Charity of the Year on the London to Brighton Cycle Ride 2018:

We had spaces on the London to Brighton Cycle Ride in 2017 and 2018. Over the two years, an incredible £25,000 was raised for Brake!

The challenge started in South London, went through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead, Haywards Heath and finally on to Brighton having completed 54 miles!

Photos of previous London to Brighton Cycles are available here.

Gemma Black cycling photoBrake fundraiser Mike Stockton, who is senior asset control manager at Royal Mail and fleet safety specialist, says: "Road safety is a big part of my day to day life due to the nature of my role at work and from the first time I met the team at Brake I was impressed by their work and enthusiasm. When I thought of undertaking the London to Paris Bike Ride, Brake were my first choice to fundraise for. It was a great motivator during the long days in the saddle knowing that money I raised was going to such a great charity. The importance of the work they do was brought to life when one of the cyclists in our group was in a collision with a car on the first day and had to be airlifted to hospital."

Want to know more?
Photos of our fundraisers on facebook 
Tips on raising sponsorship 

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Bingo is a fun game for all ages.   It's very simple - a series of random numbers are selected from a sack or by a bingo machine. Players have cards (all unique) containing a set amount of numbers. If a number is called which matches a number on their card they can cross it off. The first to cross off a full line of number, two lines of numbers or all their numbers (called a full house) wins a prize.

A number of games could be played throughout the evening, with entertainment, food and music in between.

Where to host your event?
Church and community halls, school halls or social clubs are ideal.  But you could even organise a small Bingo night at home with a barbecue.  Bingo can be played anywhere! 

It is good to include some sort of refreshment to make a real night of it.  Most bingo nights will include some form of refreshment so you need to think about catering facilities and a bar if you require one.  Often tickets for the Bingo Night can be sold to include some kind of meal. Perhaps serve food that could be cooked by volunteers in advance and then reheated at the venue.

You will need to offer some form of drink, be it soft drinks, alcohol or simple teas and coffees. With alcohol sometimes it’s easier to perhaps offer food but allow the venue to supply the bar. Another simple option is to have a BYOB (bring your own bottle) system; this also can get you around licensing requirements.

How to fundraise
You can charge for the bingo night in various ways - some prefer an all-in price for the evening which will include a card for every game and refreshments; others prefer to charge per game.  It's always best to offer the option to purchase extra game cards too - this way you can make more money.

What you need
To organise a top bingo night you will need
- Bingo cards and equipment (widely available online)
- Pens or bingo dabbers for participants
- A bingo caller (someone to shout the numbers out)
- A microphone & speaker (or a bingo caller with a loud voice!)
- Prizes for winners

Make it fun
Why not have a theme for your bingo night and have all your players wearing fancy dress? Perhaps prizes could be awarded for the best dressed!

Sounds fun doesn’t it? A simple social event!
For more information telephone Joe on 01484 550060, email or complete a short online form.

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Be inspired Click here for photos of our fundraisers  


Brake’s Fundraising Team

katie shephardKatie Shephard, development director

“I’m proud to work for an organisation that delivers such a diverse range of work. From our projects with primary school children to our support services for families bereaved in road crashes, I believe that the work Brake does makes a lasting difference to lives across the country.”

Katie started with Brake in 2008 as fundraising manager and joined the executive team in 2010 as development director. She manages the corporate and community fundraising teams, the professional engagement team and the community engagement team. She also works cross team to achieve the charity’s wider financial targets and grow new income streams. Before starting at Brake, Katie worked as a project manager at an education company, delivering training for healthcare professionals across the UK on behalf of the NHS.

lisa kendallLisa Kendall, community fundraising and volunteer manager

“My role involves me speaking, every day to people who have been bereaved in road crashes. I hear how not just their lives, but whole communities, have been torn apart by the devastating loss of their loved one. A loss which could have been prevented through safer driving.”

Lisa began work at Brake in 2002, initially doing just 9 hours a week helping whoever needed help. She slowly found her niche within the organisation and started looking after the volunteers and as the number of supporters increased, so did her hours. Before too long, looking after fundraisers became a natural progression and Lisa now manages the incredibly busy Community Fundraising team.

joe fentonJoe Fenton, community fundraiser

‘I’m very proud to work for Brake, it’s an honour to work with our fundraisers on a daily basis, many of whom have suffered tragic loss or injury. Their strength and selfless generosity is truly inspiring and it’s amazing to see the weird and wonderful lengths people go to, to support our cause’

Joe began working for Brake in November 2014 where he joined the Community Fundraising team. As part of his role, Joe works with volunteers across the UK to coordinate a range of community events to generate vital funds for the charity work. Joe also works closely with companies, schools and bereaved individuals, helping them to undertake fundraising and road safety awareness-raising projects.

richard coteauRichard Coteau, corporate fundraising manager

“Companies have an opportunity to make a real difference in road safety through partnering with Brake. I’m proud that we work with such a diverse range of organisations who share our passion for road safety, and through their generosity we are able to campaign for safer roads while supporting people bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes”

Richard joined Brake in 2010, initially working in Brake’s professional engagement division, supporting fleets in managing their at-work road risk and engage schools and communities with road safety education events. In 2011, Richard joined Brake’s corporate fundraising division. As corporate fundraising manager, Richard is responsible for overseeing all of the projects Brake runs in partnership with its corporate supporters, from helping fleet operators to deliver educational presentations in schools and colleges, to working with high street brands such as Specsavers and Direct Line to run national awareness raising campaigns.

mike bristowMike Bristow, corporate fundraiser

“Managing relationships with our corporate partner’s means that I get to promote all aspects of our charity. It’s really rewarding to hear some of the fantastic ideas that come from our supporters.”

Mike joined the Corporate Fundraising team as an intern in 2014 after graduating in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Huddersfield. Mike manages a range of corporate relationships as well as encouraging new businesses to support the charity, working to ensure companies gain the most from a partnership with Brake. Mike has supported companies on a range of different activities including at-work driver training for Morrison Utility Services, supporting Churchill with the launch of their Lollipoppers initiative & acted as a media spokesperson for Asda Optician’s driver eyesight campaign.

charli brunningCharli Brunning, corporate fundraiser

“Having worked for a number of charities in the past, I am extremely happy to find myself at Brake. I am a strong advocate for sustainability and outdoor activities, and am extremely excited to be a part of the vital work that is done here to ensure our roads and communities are safer places for all; whether people are cycling to work, walking to school or running on a weekend morning.”

Charli joined Brake as the newest member of the corporate fundraising team in August 2016. Prior to this she was working with The University of Leeds Sports Development Department to lead the first Gryphons Abroad project; taking a group of University of Leeds students to rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, to deliver life changing workshops to secondary school children. The main aim of the project is to implement and develop a bike hub in hope of giving children more opportunity to attend secondary school, as they would cover the vast distance to school in a much quicker time.

abi smithAbi Smith, corporate fundraiser

“I joined Brake in the hope of understanding the problems on our roads and because the mission of the charity has a personal relevance to me. The issues at hand are a huge undertaking, and I’m proud to be part of a passionate team determined to make a difference.”

Abi joined Brake in mid-2016 as corporate fundraiser. With a background in retail, administration and third-sector volunteering. Abi’s role utilises all skill sets in engaging with people and initiatives, including working with corporations and developing effective partnerships with Brake, communicating all opportunities and developments within the charity. Some of the partnerships she currently manages include EDF Energy, Simpson Millar LLP and Arval.



 We are looking for inspiring Brake supporters to organise a local event showcasing local talent, bringing the community together and to raise money towards preventing future road death and injury on our roads.

You can organise a gig, concert, comedy night, dance show, open mike night, busk or simply organise to have a bucket collection at a pre-arranged event.

We will promote ALL Brake Fest events to our Facebook and Twitter followers, to help you boost your attendance and maximize your money raised. We also have a section on this page to see what events are in your area.

Whether you’re a band wanting to organise a gig, go busking, or a theatre or dance group willing to put on a performance, get in touch and join Brake Fest!

Where can my event take place?

Anywhere in the UK (within reason!), it is up to you for find a venue/location for your event.

How do I register?

To register your event, simply fill out our online form here.

We’ll then be in touch to confirm details with you!

What resources will I receive?

Once you have let us know a little more about your event, we’ll provide you with a Brake Fest pack which includes;

  • Stickers
  • Balloons
  • Bucket Stickers
  • Leaflets
  • Posters
  • Brake Fest e-poster
  • Brake Fest social media flyer
  • Brake t-shirt
  • Press Release template
We will also be happy to provide you with headed letter confirming your event details to show to venues/suppliers.

Will you help promote my event?

Yes! We will promote all fundraising Brake Fest events on Facebook, twitter and on our events page here. When you register, we will also provide blank poster and social media banner which you can use to share your event on Facebook and Twitter. 

We will also provide you with a press release template to help promote your event with local media.

Do I need a licence to Busk?

Many local councils encourage busking and do not require a licence. However, there are different rules, regulations and code of conduct policies in place depending on where in the country you are.

Visit to have a look at the rules in your area.

Does my event have to be in the summer?

Whilst we encourage events to happen over the summer to coincide with UK festival season, it is perfectly a fine to hold your event anytime throughout the year. 

Where do I send photos to my event?

You can use #BrakeFest or email them to

How can I fundraise?

There are many ways you can fundraise at your Brake Fest event. The simplest way to raise money is to have a bucket on the door or in front of you as you busk. You may want to hold a raffle at your event to raise additional funds.

For bigger events you could sell tickets to raise money, ask the venue if you can have a percentage of the bar takings or run the cloakroom charging a small amount per item on the night to boost your total!

Do I have to organise my own event?

A good idea could be to piggyback on other events like open mic nights or comedy night and see if you can have a bucket on the door.

Is it all about music?

No – we encourage people to hold all sorts of performance events such as plays, shows, comedy nights or any other entertainment as part of Brake Fest.

I need Public Liability Insurance, can Brake help?

Brake are happy to point you in the right direction, but Brake is not responsible for your event.

You are responsible for obtaining any licenses required for your event. You will also be responsible for carrying out any health and safety risk assessment for your event (if required) and ensuring that all participants are fully briefed and adequately supervised.


If you have any queries or for more information, email or ring Joe on 01484 550060.




Busking for Brake and street collections

Laura BroadheadA great way to raise awareness about road safety is to be out on the busy streets in your Brake t-shirt, either busking or standing and asking for donations.

Not only is this a great way to fundraise, it's great awareness raising of the need for road safety in your community.  Although it may seem like a daunting task, it's actually a simple way to raise money to support the charity and raise the charity's profile. 

What you need to do
Apply for a licence from your local council to hold your street collection on a particular date. You could be fined £200 if you collect money for charity without a licence.

Contact Brake to request your collection tins, buckets and letter of authorisation.

Gather together a group of people to collect with you. The more the merrier! Make sure you make an impact. Maybe dress up? Or wear a Brake t-shirt? Why not organise some street entertainment? (Talk to local musicians, dance groups etc). Whatever you do, make sure you comply with the rules of your street collection licence. 

For more information call Joe on 01484 550060, email or complete a short online form.

Not for you? Return to the fundraising home page. 

Be inspired Click here for photos sent in by our fundraisers  

Car boot or jumble sale

Janine LeslieWhat is it they say?  One man's garbage is another man's treasure!
  It's true, so why not hold a jumble sale or car boot sale and raise some money for a good cause whilst having a clear out!

Hold a jumble sale in your garage, garden or workplace, or for bigger sales investigate the possibility of hiring a community or church hall or book a space down at your local car boot sale.

It's easy to organise!
- Plan this well in advance and decide on a date.
- Ask around friends for help with both collection goods beforehand and on the day itself.

You will need:
- Items to sell, perhaps including clothes, shoes, books, games and general household items. (collect items well in advance of the day of the sale).
- Posters to promote the event
- People to help on the day.

You'll also need
- Carrier bags for people to take home their goods in
- Moneyboxes
- Tables to display goods.

How to promote your event
-Firstly tell everyone you know about the sale.
- Design and then distribute posters and flyers advertising the event around the local area to help advertise the event. Perhaps do a leaflet drop in your area, letting people know about the event.

At the event
Allow plenty of time to set up. Make sure each table has a collection money box.
- Decide on pricing your items. Make sure you have plenty of change in your moneybox float.
- Put up some Brake posters so people are aware of who we are and what we do. We can provide you with these.
- Consider the time it takes to pack away and what to do with unsold items.

Why not link the jumble sale with a coffee morning or a cake stall.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? A simple way to fundraise and clear out the clutter!

For more information telephone Joe on 01484 550060, email or complete a short online form.

Not for you? Return to the fundraising home page.

Be inspired have a look at some of photos from our fundraisers 


Car wash!

Service 4 Service are proud to sponsor this page. 

Car wash
Sounds a bit dull, but not when you're playing 70's music, you're dressed in high visibility gear, and you're throwing sponges at each other (while brightening up hub caps)! And of course it's a really topical fundraiser for a road safety cause!

This is a fantastic way to have fun, team build and raise money for a great cause, and a perfect idea for your company, school, club or a car park in your lunch hour or in the afternoon.

Decide on the date and venue.  
When and where are you going to do it?    Create some posters advertising it.  Give yourself at least six weeks to plan the event. Why not contact your local authroity and enquire about car parks that you can use in your area.   Or, if you can't find a venue, ask your neighbours or work colleagues if they would like their cars washed for a fee?   You will be surprised how many people would rather pay you than to wash their car themselves!

What you'll need
Buckets and sponges
- Volunteers
- Energy and enthusiasm!
- Water
- Collection buckets
- Cash float
- A Brake fundraising pack

What to charge?
Either charge a note donation for every car wash or charge a nominal fee (usually between £3/£5).

Who's going to do it?  Who can help?
Why not ask your friendly local fire officers? They like a shiny engine and care deeply about deaths on roads as they often get called out to road crashes.

Invite the media along to take a picture of your event.
A great way to promote the cause and what you are doing. Why not make a banner for your media picture, saying  "Carwash not Carnage!" 

Stick the music on and get sponging!
Hand out road safety leaflets from your local council, or write your own called "Carwash not Carnage" thanking people for letting you wash their car in aid of Brake and asking them to slow down in your community and to sign the Brake Pledge.

Want to do it? Call Joe on 01484 550060 or complete a short online form for more tips and ideas to help your event be a success. Or if you don't need any help, just donate the funds you raise from your event using the button at the top of this website or by calling 01484 559909 to pay by credit card over the phone or send by cheque to PO Box 548, Huddersfield, HD1 2XZ.

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Charity football match

Matty Norman Football

What is a charity football match?

What it says on the tin - it's a football match with teams made up either of colleagues or friends.

Why not challenge another office or supplier?  How about getting together with a group of friends in memory of a loved one who loved football?

How to fundraise?
- Perhaps you could charge an entry fee per team?
- How about a number-of-goals sweepstake?
- Remember to have someone bucket-shaking in the crowds.

How to organise it!
Spread the word that you’re organising the event and ask for people to take part.
- Arrange teams
- Find a suitable location - how about the local park or local sports centre?

What you will need!
- A football (or two), a venue and people to play!
- Perhaps provide drinks for the teams?
- You might even consider providing entertainment for the crowds such as a barbecue or bouncy castle for the children.

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?   A great team-builder too!

For more information telephone Joe on 01484 550060, email or complete a short online form.

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Charity golf day


Browling SusukiA charity golf day is not only a great fundraiser, it's a great social event too.

This type of fundraiser is often organised by companies, who invite colleagues, suppliers and potential new clients. It works well as a great networking opportunity as well as a fundraiser.

Where to hold your event
If you are a member of a golf course, this may be the best place to hold the event.  If not, then contact golf courses in your local area.  Consider who can offer you the best deal and which course is most appropriate to the event you are hoping to run.  Most golf clubs are willing to help with the logistics of the golf tournament, but you will need volunteers to help with registration and any on-the-day fundraising.

When to hold it
Consider whether a weekday date would be better than a weekend (you may be more likely to be offered the use of the golf course for free mid-week). 

Decide how many teams you will be able to accommodate and how the timings will run on the day. To plan this, you will need to consider how long the tournament will be (a typical 18 holes or something different).
- Don’t forget that you will also have to allow time for registration, any refreshment breaks or meals, speeches, prize-giving and any fundraising elements (e.g. a raffle)
- Remember to check and make known whether the golf course has a dress code.

How to fundraise
Set a fee for each person or team to take part.
- Encourage your golfers to be sponsored for each round they complete or win.
- Hold competitions , for example the longest drive, closest to the pin, closest to the line, hole in one.
- Perhaps you could find a company to sponsor the whole event or to sponsor a hole.
- Organise a raffle or hold an auction. 
- Leave donation envelopes on tables.

Why not consider inviting someone to speak at the meal. This could be perhaps be someone with a personal experience of road safety, or a local celebrity or person of interest.

Who to invite – don’t limit this to personal friends and family.  Local businesses may be interested too.
- Could you advertise in local golf clubs' newsletters?
- Display posters at the golf club you are using (and other clubs in the area if permitted) as well as at community centres, shops or libraries.
- Contact local radios and newspapers

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? A sporty way to fundraise!

For more information telephone Joe on 01484 550060, email or complete a short online form.

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Coffee morning

Coffee MorningA coffee morning is a great way to get together with friends or neighbours, or to meet new people.

Everyone loves a nice cuppa, particularly if accompanied by a slice of cake, so why include a small charge to help raise money for Brake.  

Remember,  a coffee morning doesn't have to be a huge community event held in a big hall, it can also be just a a group of friends in your lounge.  Easy to organise, fun to do and so very worthwhile!

Below is our foolproof guide to how to organise your own charity coffee morning.  

Where to hold it?
Find a suitable venue; perhaps your home or garden, a friend’s house or even at work – these are ideal venues as they are often cosy and accessible, with the use of a kitchen.

For larger coffee mornings, think about booking a church hall or other community area. Arrange this in advance and check about whether there will be a cost involved. Some community halls may be free or cheap to hire.

When to have it?
Choose a date which is far enough in the future to allow time to plan and prepare; this will also give your guests plenty of notice to be able to attend. Let everyone know about your event by putting up posters and send invitations to your friends and family.

What you will need?
- A facility for making tea and coffee, Cakes- Tea, Coffee, Milk, Sugar, Juice
- Hot water
- Cakes, buns and all things yummy!
- Plates or napkins
- Spoons, forks, knives
- Tongs and disposable gloves (if you are serving the cake)
- Moneybox/bucket for donations,
- Bin bags

We can provide a Fundraising pack which includes stickers,
posters and a paying in slip so you can bank the money you

- Decide beforehand whether to charge a set amount for a cup of tea or coffee, or whether to accept any donations as a goodwill gesture. You could also have a price for a coffee and cake combo.

- Make sure people are aware of the ingredients that you use, in case of any allergies people may have.

- If using a big venue, visit beforehand to see what the space is like - whether there are toilet facilities and how many people can comfortably be seated in the area. Are there enough tables and chairs? Is there a kitchen area? Also when booking the room remember to include the time needed to set up and clean things away

Fundraising is fun!   
In memory of Liberty Baker, friends and family recently organised a coffee morning in the local pub and it raised a staggering £380 for Brake.  As well as scrummy cakes and buns, they also sourced raffle prizes and arranged for a couple of craft stalls.   A hugely successful event to not only raising awareness about road safety but also raising vital funds for Brake. Thank you to all involved.

It's a simple but social way to fundraise!
For more information telephone Joe on 01484 550060, email or complete a short online form.

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Crawl it

BUNFEST 2014 2Why not get together with friends and organise a sponsored crawl of your local coffee houses or pubs? It's a great way to get together with mates and have a natter while also raising funds for Brake. 

Alcohol warning! If you are crawling pubs, and people in your party are likely to want to drink alcohol, please remember that you're fundraising for a road safety charity. If you are crawling on foot, ask participants to keep under the legal limit to keep them safe between venues. If you are crawling by bicycle, don't drink alcohol. We don't recommend you crawl by car for sustainability reasons, but if you do need to get somewhere by car, use a designated driver who doesn't drink alcohol. 

What you need?
A group of friends
- A list of the venues you are heading to (and a map if needed)
- Fancy dress outfit 
- Bucket or collection box 
- Letter of support from the charity, to show in the venues 

What you need to do
- Firstly, work out a schedule of where you’re going to visit and when. 
- In order to collect money, get permission from the manager at the venues you wish to collect money at. Call in and speak to them directly, show your letter confirming that it’s a genuine fundraiser. Inform them of the appropriate time you plan to be there. 
- Gather together a group of friends to fundraise with you. Make sure you arrange it far enough in advance so they are free and make sure that they are also aware of the need to have sober fun. 
- Why not draw attention to yourselves by wearing fancy dress? Dress brightly in neon outfits to draw attention to the vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists. 

On the day
On arrival at each venue, double check, again, with the manager that it is still ok for you to collect.  Then walk round with huge smiles on your faces (it really does make a difference!), telling people about the excellent cause you are collecting for!

Very very important!
Remember, you are representing Brake at this event, so whilst it’s important to have fun, it is also important to be sensible and be sober!

Never drink and drive! Any drivers must pledge to drink soft drinks only, all evening.

For tips on raising sponsorship money click here

Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?   A fundraiser with a difference!
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Cycling in Vietnam

If you have ever wanted to take part in an exhilarating challenge for a charity, now is your chance. Brake is looking for adventurous volunteers to cycle in Vietnam, taking in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. This is one of the most popular overseas cycling adventures. Don’t miss out!

Prepare to be overwhelmed by Vietnam’s natural contrasting beauty - from the patchwork of bright green rice paddy fields to the rugged mountains and white sandy beaches. For those of you in search of a challenge of a lifetime, Vietnam won’t fail to leave an indelible mark on you, providing you with memories that will last forever.

How fit do I need to be? You don’t need to be an athlete, however you need to undertake a good level of training to get the very best out of the challenge. We will provide you with a comprehensive training plan to help you prepare for the trip.

What do I need to bring? No specialist kit is required. All your luggage will be carried separately in one of the support vehicles, you must need a bum bag to carry those essentials like sun tan lotion and a camera!

What’s the food like? You’ll enjoy traditional Vietnamese cuisine along with delicious rice and noodle dishes with fish and chicken.

How much do I have to raise? You raise a minimum £3500 sponsorship, which includes donation to Brake and covers the cost of your trip, including food (except 3 meals); travel, accommodation; 21-gear bike; water, refreshments on cycling days, mechanics; guides; a doctor and medical supplies.

Next available date:
9th November 2014

Want to do it? Call Lisa on 01484 683294 or complete a short online form to find out more.

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Dinner for good


This idea is beautifully simple - raise money by having your friends round for dinner.

Anyone can do it!  What's more, it's sustainable - you can do it more than once, and your friends can do the same, which means that over the coming months this simple idea can raise more money than even the most heroic of feats (or should that be feasts!).

How does it work? Just go to and you'll see that it couldn't be easier.

- You create your personalised Dinner Page and send invitations from the site.
- Your guests then accept and donate online, which means you can see who's coming and how much is being raised.

dinner4good2Dinner4Good takes care of everything, including the Gift Aid application - so all you have to do is hold the dinner, eat, drink and enjoy yourselves!

Tell your friends over dinner about the cause they've donated to and they might also want to hold a Dinner4Good of their own - so the good goes on and on!


Sounds tasty doesn’t it? For more information telephone Joe on 01484 550060, email or complete a short online form.

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Fairground fundraisers

Sunny with TeddyThink back to your early memories of school fairs and Christmas bazaars and organise a fair stall for Brake, raising valuable funds for the charity.  This could be indoors, in a corner of the office, or outdoors, in a garden in the summer.

Put on your thinking caps and come up with easy to organise, fun to do fundraising activities. Invest in a few novelty prizes; decorate your stalls with ballons and bunting, and have fun!

Here are a few examples of games that we’ve thought of, that you can do too:

Name the Teddy
Win a cute Teddy Bear! Download our Name-the-bear Sheet; choose a name for the bear and seal it in an envelope. Charge £2 per guess. When the sheet is complete, announce the winner, who wins the teddy!

How Many Sweets in a Jar
Find a glass bottle; fill it with sweets of your choice (the yummier the better); decorate with a ribbon and make it look attractive, count the sweets and seal the answer in an envelope. Charge £2 per guess. When the sheet is complete, announce the winner, who wins the sweets!

Bake for Brake
A fair isn’t a fair without a cake stall, so Bake for Brake!

Craft Stall
Do you have any colleagues/friends with hidden talents? Why not ask around and sell craft produced by colleagues - crocheted hats, water-colour paintings, painted mugs, candles etc. 

Name the Baby Competition
This is silly, but fun! Ask colleagues to bring in a photo of themselves when they were a baby or toddler (remember to tell them to not show this photo to anyone but the organiser). Make a photo gallery display, number each photograph and list which colleagues are shown. For £2 per sheet, people have to try to guess which baby is which grown-up! The most correct answers gets a prize! 

Second Hand Stall
Put a plea out amongst colleagues for unwanted DVDs, CDs and finished books. Sell for a token £1 each. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Everyone could be asked each to bring in a prize of some sort and then tickets could be sold throughout the day/week. Ask your suppliers and contacts if they could donate a prize – some of them can be very generous in supporting charity efforts.

Want to do it? Call Joe on 01484 550060, email to or get in touch through our quick and easy fundraising form.

Done it? Donate funds you raise online using the donate button at the top of this website, or through other methods explained on our donate page. 

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Girlfriend of Sutton crash victim receives national road safety award for fundraising in his memory

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Brake, the road safety charity 

The girlfriend of a Sutton man killed in a devastating road crash in 2010 has received a national award for her outstanding fundraising efforts in aid of work to prevent crashes and support victims and their families.

Carly Lewin, 33, from Sutton, was presented with the Fundraiser of the Year Award at road safety charity Brake’s annual reception at the Houses of Parliament last night (27 January), supported by Direct Line. The event marked the beginning of Brake’s 20th anniversary year.

Carly’s boyfriend, Steven Moore, was killed when a drink driver ploughed into the car he was travelling in at a junction in Carshalton in January 2010. The driver was also unlicensed, uninsured, and was fleeing from police at the time of the crash. Steven, then 25, an avid Tottenham Hotspur fan, was returning home with his best friend from watching his team play. He suffered neck and head injuries and died the next day.

Steven’s death has had a devastating effect on all his family and friends, including Carly and his younger brother, Dan. However, determined to do something positive in Steven’s memory, Carly has been fundraising for road safety charity Brake since 2011, organising numerous events and speaking out through the media to raise awareness.

In 2014, Carly decided to step up her fundraising efforts by running the London Marathon for Brake – a real challenge as she had never run before. She completed the race in six and a half hours, raising a phenomenal £14,300, which will go towards Brake’s work to help prevent road crashes and support the victims.

Brake is inviting passionate fundraisers inspired by Carly’s story to help support its vital work. Find out more

If you have been affected by a road crash, you can find out more about Brake’s support services, including helpful literature and a professionally-delivered helpline,

Lisa Kendall, community fundraising manager, Brake, said:“The hard work and commitment of fundraisers like Carly is absolutely critical to Brake’s work. Without them, we would not be able to give road crash victims and their families the support they so desperately need, or campaign to end the carnage on our roads. Carly’s determination in the face of the tragic circumstances she has been through is truly admirable and humbling, and we are very pleased to show our gratitude with this award.”

Carly Lewin said: “Steve was in the wrong place at the wrong time – an innocent, taken away from his loved ones, before his time, because of a stranger's recklessness. Everyone who ever met him loved him. Now nothing can bring Steve back, and I have had to learn to live a new life that doesn't include him. I am determined to keep working in Steve’s memory, both to raise awareness of how drink driving can ruin so many lives, and to fundraise to support Brake’s work and help stop this happening to someone else.”

Notes for editors:


Brake is a national road safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity education,services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

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