Articles Tagged ‘road death - Brake the road safety charity’

Anthony Newmarsh - the perfect son

Anthony NewmarshKilled aged just 17

Anthony was a very special and genuine person, he was loving, caring, thoughtful and hardworking. He had an extremely humorous side to him - he loved to tell and play practical jokes. It was lovely to see a teenage lad with so much innocence and naivety.

He was desperate to pass his test and got himself a part time job whilst at college which he used to save and save his wages to buy his first car, his pride and joy and his access to independency.

He was the perfect son and brother who never let a day pass without saying ‘I love you’.

His friends have described him as the kindest, cheekiest and sweetest person whose smile always lit up a room and brightened and cheered up everyone’s day.

Anthony was born on 25th June 1989 making him 17 years old when he died.

He was killed around 1100 hours on Friday 17th November 2006 on the A439 Warwick Road, at Ingon, near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

The death of Anthony has had a vast effect on the lives of everyone who had the pleasure to meet him. It is almost impossible to describe the devastation and hurt it has caused.

The loneliness and emptiness his death has left is immeasurable. The family home is now silent and missing that fun loving young teenager always shouting ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ because he wanted something. To see your parents break down and become a shell of who they once were as a result of losing a child is shattering. No parent should ever have to bury their children, there is no logic, no reason, no understanding.

His girlfriend Ebonnie and her family have also been deeply affected; their worlds also turned upside down- her life will never be the same after losing her first love.

It hurts to think we will never see him grow as a man, we will never see him in his Police uniform, never see him set up home or get married and be a father, all opportunities he could and should have had the choice to take, but now never will.

The words -WHY, WHY, WHY- are always going around our heads, why our Anthony- it never gets any easier, the void just gets bigger and bigger. Anthony is in our thoughts every second of every minute of every hour of every day- The hearts of our family will never stop aching for the lovely young man who was tragically taken from us.

The saying is correct that you really don’t know what you have until it has gone- and what we do know is that Anthony was our rock and now he has gone and we will never have the chance to tell him we love him ever again.

Anwen Busby - An Amazing Friend

Anwen was an amazing friend. She died in a car crash along with Jai Burkes in Ponterwyd, Aberystwth.   Three other passengers were also injured.

I will never forget her cheeky laugh and her gorgeous face.

Sleep tight my beautiful friend, keep shining and i'll see you again one day.

xxxx

Ashley Brixey - life is precious

Ashley BrixeyAshley was killed 2004 aged 20. He was in a car being driven by his friend

*His mum Clare tells her story: *

Ashley had gone out on the Saturday night with some friends. He was supposed to be staying out that night but for some reason, which we don’t know why, they headed back.

Ashley got into the back of a car; a 17-year-old girl got into the passenger seat and Ashley’s friend Richard got into the driving seat - twice over the legal driving limit and with an abusive level of drugs in his system after taking ecstasy.

Richard lost control of the car on a left-hand bend, and the car went up an embankment, through a garden fence and landed upside down in a swimming pool.

The 17-year-old girl was thrown from the car into the pool and managed to get out. The driver also got out but Ashley had been knocked unconscious during the crash and couldn’t get out by himself. The emergency services got Ashley out of the car and tried to revive him unsuccessfully. Ashley drowned.

The police officer came to our door at 3 o’clock in the morning. Ivan, my husband, got up thinking it was Ashley, but the officer told us that Ashley had been in a serious road incident and died.

I just went into shock. I just wanted to curl up in a corner and die.

Since Ashley’s death I don’t react in the same way to things. A lot of things don’t seem as important any more.

If Ashley taught me anything it is that life is precious. I feel closer to him when I am laughing because that’s what he did every day.

The driver of the car was charged with death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to three years in prison.

I wanted Richard to go to prison as an example to others but it didn’t matter to me what sentence he was given because it’s not going to bring Ashley back. Richard’s real sentence will be having to live with the knowledge that he killed my son - his friend.

Brake backs European Day Without A Road Death

Tuesday 20 September
news@brake.org.uk

Brake, the road safety charity, is asking all road users to play their part in the first “European Day Without A Road Death”, otherwise known as Project EDWARD, on Wednesday 21 September.

The project is supported by all 30 members of TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network, and will highlight all the work being done by organisations to try and halve the number of road deaths in the EU by 2020.

It is hoped that Project EDWARD will encourage all road users to reflect on their behaviour and attitude, as this remains one of the most important barriers to lowering road deaths.

Brake, though, believes more can be done than just focusing on driver behaviour. Strong legislation and leadership from authorities and governments can play a much more vital part, for example the UK government bringing back casualty reduction targets, banning all mobile phone use in cars and introducing a zero tolerance drink-drive limit.

In 2015 1,732 people died on the roads in Great Britain and 22,137 more were seriously injured . A reintroduction of ambitious casualty reduction targets, axed in 2010, would be a key first step in an urgently needed fightback against road crashes, alongside a ‘vision zero’ approach that acknowledges that any road death is unacceptable.

There also needs to be more investment in safer systems to ensure that human error doesn’t cost lives, and that those who might wilfully endanger others through such acts as speeding and drink-driving are deterred by effective enforcement campaigns.

Alice Bailey, campaigns advisor for Brake, said: “Striving for zero road deaths is an ambitious but necessary long-term target. Preventable crashes tear apart families and communities and we should not accept any number. We must also acknowledge that the traffic causing these tragedies is a major contributor to carbon emissions, affecting the well-being and health of individuals and the planet. We should aspire to a world where governments, communities and companies work together to achieve zero road deaths and serious injuries, and streets that can be used without fear.”

[ENDS]

Notes to Editors:

More on Project Edward here: https://www.tispol.org/edward

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, 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 campaigns, community education, servicesfor 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.

Follow Brake on Twitter, Facebook, or The Brake Blog.

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.

 

Brake calls for reintroduction of casualty reduction targets, as road deaths and serious injuries rise

Thursday 24 September 2015

Brake, the road safety charity

news@brake.org.uk

Brake, the road safety charity, is calling on the government to show strong leadership and reintroduce casualty reduction targets as the Department for Transport publishes its Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain Annual Report for 2014. It shows that 1,775 people died on the roads (a 4% increase on the year before). 22,807 more were seriously injured (a 5% annual increase).

Casualties of all severities rose to 194,477 in Great Britain in 2014, an increase of 6% from 2013, interrupting what was a steady downward trend since 1997.

Brake believes the reintroduction of ambitious casualty reduction targets, axed in 2010, must be a key first step in an urgently needed fightback against road danger, alongside a ‘vision zero’ approach that acknowledges that any number of road deaths is unacceptable.

People on foot and bike bore the brunt of the rise:

  • Pedestrian deaths rose by 12% to 446, accounting for three quarters of the overall rise in fatalities.
  • Serious injuries to cyclists rose by 8% to 3,401, continuing a long term trend that has been ongoing since 2004.

Worryingly, traffic levels in 2014 were 2.4% higher than in 2013. Air pollution is estimated to cause 24,000 deaths a year in the UK, half attributable to road transport [1].  The number of cars is set to increase by 43% by 2035 and traffic delays by 50% [2].

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: “We should be under no illusions as to the seriousness of these figures. The government needs to get a grip of this situation, and it can start by reintroducing ambitious casualty reduction targets, with an ultimate aim of reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads to zero. We know from running our helpline for devastated road crash victims that every road death causes unimaginable human suffering, and every one is preventable. The increases in serious casualties among pedestrians and cyclists are especially horrifying, given the importance of protecting vulnerable road users and enabling people to walk and cycle more.

“At a time when car manufacturers have serious questions to answer on vehicle emissions, it is worrying to see a growth in vehicle traffic. The price for this is being paid by individuals, families and the planet, and it’s not a price worth paying. That’s why our theme for this year’s Road Safety Week, Drive less, live more, is focused on encouraging people to think again about why, when and how we drive private vehicles.”

Brake

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.

Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.

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.

End notes

 [1] The Cost of Air Pollution, OECD (2014)

 [2] Keeping the Nation Moving – Time to face the facts, RAC Foundation (2011)

 

Brake comments as UK road safety progress stagnates

News from Brake
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
 
The UK is one of the EU countries making the slowest progress on reducing road deaths, according to a new report by the European Transport Safety Council [1].
 
The number of deaths on UK roads fell by just 6.4% between 2010 and 2017, contributing little towards the collective EU target of a 50% reduction in road deaths by 2020. Whilst the UK does have a strong road safety record, the only other EU countries making slower progress on road safety are Sweden, The Netherlands and Malta.
 
The report also highlights how the UK is one of the few EU countries to see the number of serious Injuries from crashes on the roads increase since 2010, with a 5.8% rise.
 
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said:
 
 
“We take for granted that the UK has some of the safest roads in the EU but this report should act as a wake-up call to the Government. All road crashes are preventable tragedies and even one death or injury on the road is one too many. Progress on road safety in the UK has stagnated in recent years and urgent action is required to remedy this.
 
“The Government’s recent move to improve road collision investigation was long-awaited and much welcomed. It is vital that the strengthened roads collision investigation provides evidence which directly leads to improvements in policy. Only through in-depth investigation, at a national level, can solutions be found to stem the needless deaths on the roads every day.
 
“Brake also welcomed the EU Commission’s announcement of a new target for a 50% reduction in EU road deaths and serious injuries between 2020 and 2030 [2]. We urge the UK to follow the EU’s lead and implement national road safety targets, to reignite progress on road safety and strive towards a vision of zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”
 
ENDS
 
Notes to editors:
 
 
About Brake
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, 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 educationservices 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.
Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.
 
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.

Brake comments on increase in drink-driving crashes in 2016

News from Brake
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
 
The Department for Transport has published provisional estimates [1] on personal injury drink drive crashes in Great Britain for 2016 [2]. These show a statistically significant rise in all key crash data, relating to at least one driver being over the alcohol limit: the number of fatalities; the number of killed or injured; and the total number of crashes [3].
 
Commenting on the statistics, Joshua Harris, Director of Campaigns at road safety charity Brake, said: “These figures must be a wake-up call to the Government, forcing them to act now to eradicate the menace of drink-driving from our roads. The number of drink-drive related deaths, injuries and total crashes in 2016 have all increased from levels which were already unacceptable. This deeply concerning trend highlights the urgent need for the Government to enforce an effective zero tolerance drink-driving level across the UK [4].
 
“Research has shown even very small amounts of alcohol dramatically affect safe driving - drivers with just 20-50mg alcohol per 100ml of blood are at least three times more likely to die in a crash than those with no alcohol at all [5].
 
“The current drink-driving limit gives a false impression that it is safe to drink and drive. Only by changing this perception can we eradicate the needless loss of life caused by alcohol on our roads. Brake is calling for the Government to implement an effective zero tolerance drink-drive limit of 20mg per 100ml of blood, making clear to drivers that not a drop of alcohol is safe.”
 
[ENDS]
 
Notes to editors
 
[1] Updated 2016 final estimates for casualties in reported drink-drive accidents are scheduled to be published in August 2018.
[3] “Provisional estimates for 2016 show that between 200 and 280 people were killed in accidents in Great Britain where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit, with a central estimate of 240 deaths… An estimated 9,050 people were killed or injured when at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit… The total number of collisions and accidents where at least one driver was over the alcohol limit rose by 6 per cent to 6,080 in 2016”
 
About Brake
 
Brake is a national road safety and sustainable transport charity, founded in 1995, 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 educationservices 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.
 
Follow Brake on TwitterFacebook, or The Brake Blog.
 
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.
 

Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards 2018

FLO Award logo 2018 Copy

Brake's Family Liaison Officer Awards recognise the outstanding achievements and support provided by Police Family Liaison Officers.

The awards highlight best practice in supporting families following a road death or serious injury, showcasing outstanding achievement in working alongside victims of road crashes.

The awards ceremony for the 2018 Family Liaison Officer Awards took place during Brake's Annual Reception, held at the Houses of Parliament on 6 June 2018.

Photos from the awards evening are available to view here.

The two awards available for nominations in 2018 were the:

  • 'Outstanding Officer Achievement' award

Open for peer entries from Police staff, this award recognised significant, ongoing contributions to victims’ families from a Family Liaison Officer.

  • Family Award

This prize was open for families who were supported by a Police Family Liaison Officer. 

Congratulations to all of our winners and highly commends in the inaugural Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards, 2018:

Outstanding Officer Achievement Award nominations:

• PC Samantha Allen, Thames Valley Police
• PC Jonathan Ardron, Lancashire Constabulary
• PC Christopher Bradley, Norfolk Constabulary
• PC Peter James Brandon, Lancashire Constabulary
• PC Vanessa Busby, Cumbria Police
• PC John Clarke, Suffolk Constabulary
• PC Tom Davies, Cumbria Police
• DS Jeff Edwards, Metropolitan Police
• PC Jamie Lang, Dyfed Powys
• PC Matthew Nyhan, South Wales Police
• PC Nerys Reeve, South Wales Police
• PC Joanne Roberts, North Wales Police
• PC Nicola Sarjeant, Hampshire Police
• DC Jenny Stanley, West Yorkshire Police
• PO Kelle Westwood, West Mercia Police
• PS Andy Whittaker, South Yorkshire Police
• PC Michael Woodhouse, Cleveland Police

Shortlisted:

• PC Christopher Bradley, Norfolk Constabulary
• PC Tom Davies, Cumbria Police
• PC Matthew Nyhan, South Wales Police
• PC Nerys Reeve, South Wales Police
• PC Nicola Sarjeant, Hampshire Police
• DC Jenny Stanley, West Yorkshire Police

Highly commended:

• PC Michael Woodhouse, Cleveland Police
• PC Vanessa Busby, Cumbria Police

Winner:

• PC Jonathan Ardron, Lancashire Constabulary

Family Award nominations:

• PC Allie Cotton, Suffolk Constabulary
• DC Nicola Croucher, Metropolitan Police
• PC Rick Hooley, Cheshire Police
• PC Deanna Hyde, Derbyshire Police
• PC George Laflin, Suffolk Constabulary
• PC Pete Linsley, Northumbria Police
• PC Simon Myall, Suffolk Constabulary
• PC Ian Stuart, Hampshire Police

Shortlisted:

• PC Allie Cotton, Suffolk Constabulary
• DC Nicola Croucher, Metropolitan Police
• PC Simon Myall, Suffolk Constabulary

Highly commended:

• PC Deanna Hyde, Derbyshire Police
• PC Pete Linsley, Northumbria Police

Winner:

• PC Rick Hooley, Cheshire Police

Additional details about the 2018 Family Liaison Officer Awards and winning nominees can be found in Brake's media centre. If you would like any further information about the Awards, please email floaward@brake.org.uk

Details about the 2019 Family Liaison Officer Awards will be announced soon.

These awards would not have been possible without the kind support of headline sponsors Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

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Brake's partnership policy

Introduction

Brake is a road safety charity dedicated to preventing road death and injury and caring for people bereaved and injured in road crashes. As such,Brake is committed to retaining our independent stance in furtherance of our vision, which is a world where people can get about in ways that are safe, sustainable, healthy and enjoyable. In accordance with our strategy, however, Brake also recognises and values working with others to achieve bigger, faster results.   

This policy outlines

  1. Organisations we work with
  2. How partnerships help Brake
  3. Terms and conditions attached to our partnerships

In this policy all organisations external to Brake, whether they are profit-making corporations, NGOs, grant-givers, government agencies, or associations of any other type, are referred to as ‘organisations’ for brevity. The term organisations, in the context of this policy, can also be applied to an individual we work with who is very well known, for example a celebrity.

Organisations we work with

Brake will actively seek partnerships with organisations supportive of our vision, or additionally or alternatively supportive of care for road crash victims. 

Brake will especially seek relationships with organisations that are taking their own steps to contribute towards Brake’s vision. This includes, for example, organisations promoting safe and sustainable travel among employees, or organisations providing helpful services to road crash victims.

How partnerships help Brake

Brake seeks and nurtures partnerships that help Brake achieve its strategic aims, in line with its vision and mission. This can be achieved in many ways, but often includes provision of funding towards Brake’s charitable activities, through unrestricted donations, sponsorships or grants for Brake’s work, or through fundraising by people within those organisations.

It also includes organisations sometimes choosing to contribute directly to Brake’s work by providing, free of charge, time, expertise, resources or services to the charity, or helping to promote the charity.

Terms and conditions attached to our partnerships

Brake applies the following terms and conditions to our relationships with external organisations:

  • Organisations entering into a partnership with Brake will have a written and signed partnership contract outlining any specific activities to be undertaken and terms and conditions relevant to that partnership.
  • Brake will thank organisations for their support of Brake in ways that are appropriate and provide transparency regarding the charity’s funding and supporters. For organisations that have supported us significantly, this will include providing an annual report reminding organisations of the positive ways they have worked with Brake in furtherance of our strategic aims.
  • Brake may agree, through the written partnership contract or as the opportunity arises, to promote activities, products or services by our partners that are wholly in line with our vision, mission and strategic aims and objectives. Any such decision will be an independent decision by Brake in the interest of the charity. We will not be required at any stage to undertake any such promotion that is not agreed.
  • Brake’s permission must be sought and secured for use of its name and branding by organisations in all instances of proposed use, and will not be unfairly with-held.  However, Brake’s name or branding must not be used by any organisation in a manner that would express or imply Brake’s endorsement of any activity undertaken by that organisation unrelated to a partnership activity with Brake. A partnership with Brake cannot imply any wider endorsement by Brake of an organisation’s activities generally.
  • Brake has a data protection policy and consequently cannot sell, loan or exchange its mailing lists with other organisations.
  • Brake reserves the right to stop working with organisations that are, subsequent to commencement of a partnership with Brake, found to be promoting or endorsing or engaging in dangerous behaviour on roads, or operating in ways that are against the interests of, or offensive to, road crash victims. On such cessation, Brake will not be required to reimburse any donations already made to the charity.
  • Brake will work with external organisations that have been in existence for more than 12 months and who have demonstrable areas of work. 

Charity is touched by family of Mitzi Steady for launching appeal, days after her tragic death

Thursday 19 February 2015

Brake, the road safety charity
news@brake.org.uk

Brake, the road safety charity, has said it is touched by the fundraising appeal launched by the family of four year old Mitzi Steady, just days after the toddler tragically died in a road crash.

Mitzi was one of four people who lost their lives when they were hit by a truck in Bath earlier this month. The other victims were Phil Allen, 52, and Stephen Vaughan, 34, from Swansea and Robert Parker, 59, of Cwmbran. Mitzi’s grandmother remains critically ill in hospital.

Mitzi’s father Andrew set up a Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/MitziSteady with the aim of raising £1,000 for Brake. The total now (19 February) stands at over £11,500. The page says: “We heard that some people wanted to have a way to contribute. So for those that wish to give we have chosen Brake, a road safety charity, as our preferred cause but please do not feel pressured to donate, especially if you have already helped us in one of the many other ways in which we have received support.”

Brake’s deputy chief executive, Julie Townsend, said everyone working for the charity had been touched by the Steady family’s bravery. She said: “We are deeply grateful to Mitzi’s family for launching this appeal and to those who have been so generous in donating. As a small charity we are dependent on brave and generous fundraisers like the Steady family – many families devastated by road death and injury fundraise for us and their efforts are to be commended. This enables us to deliver our much-needed work, whether that’s supporting people bereaved and injured by road crashes or working with fleet operators to improve safety through our Brake Professional services. Every penny is needed. These tragic deaths in Bath are a sad reminder that every day five people lose their lives and a further 62 are seriously injured on UK roads, and more must be done to stop this.”

Brake

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.

Follow Brake on Twitter or Facebook. Follow  Julie Townsend on Twitter.

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.

Christine Moore - please don't judge

Christine MoorePlease Don’t Judge

Please don’t judge me or say a bad name
There’s something unique about my brain
It suddenly shifted one night long ago
My head struck the window, a very hard blow

This crash was so fast like the blink of an eye
I ask the lord why? Why didn’t I die?
To understand this is a grand mystery
Something so awful had happened to me

I remember the headlights spinning around
In a matter of seconds there wasn’t a sound
I may get confused and get lost time to time
One person decided to commit a crime

My memory is fading more each day
If only remembering could be the old way
Behavior’s dramatic and often extreme
I pray to wake up in a nightmare or dream

One person decided to drink first then drive
Again & again. “Be happy you’re ALIVE”
I cannot fix whatever took place
My memory is pleading, please don’t erase

Acquiring an injury to the right of my brain
Some days a huge emotional drain
I don’t wish for pity or sympathy please
I’m gently pleading with delicate ease

Please don’t criticize or say I’m a lost cause
What I need from you is to stop and to pause
Just think for a moment how one’s life would be
A life with acquired brain injury

One last request to get this poem over
No matter what happens,
ALWAYS DRIVE SOBER!!

Thank you,
Christine Moore
from Canada

Christopher Price Jones - our rock

Christopher Price JonesIn Memory of Christopher Price Jones 18-12-50 to 22-2-08

Killed by a lorry driver, whilst travelling to work on his motorcycle, Abergavenny, South Wales. Age 58.**

Our father, our loving, caring, devoted and determined father, we will miss you as long as we live for the rest of our lives, no words can describe how much we are all missing you.God gave you a gift of life, which you then brought us into this world and gave us three children and gift for life, you made us become who we are now, and all our achievements we have done, we miss your warm heart, hands and a warm cuddle, your laughter and a smile on your face.

I Rachelle (daughter) will remember when I use to come down from North Wales and as soon as I use to walk through the door, dad would say and have a big chuckle “peace has ended”, I also remember the times when we use to go for a long walk, dad would always be 10 metres ahead, I use to say to him “where’s the fire” (as in “to slow down”).

The dedication shows that our father was a family man, hoping to enjoy the rest of his life with his wife and family and see the world, motorcycling touring like Ewan MacGregor, but bless his soul, he never got to enjoy it.

Dad you are our Guardian Angel, for Darlene (wife) Emma, Rachelle, Neil, your are our hearts delight, like a bright start you will always shine on us.

Christopher Price Jones

Corrine Thomas - Farewell

Corrine ThomasFarewell Corrine my darling daughter
By Olwen Sides

Corrine was 24 when she was killed in a car crash on 17th May 2008.

My beautiful daughter was taken away from us on the eve of her 25th birthday, along with two friends. She was one of the most special people you could ever meet. She left behind a 6 year old son, whom she made into one of the most remarkable little boys you could ever meet, she was such a dedicated mother but a cruel twist of fate means that he is going to have to grow up without her.

Corrine had so many friends it was amazing every time I went to her house there was always someone there having “a brew”, she loved to shop, she loved children, she loved animals, but most of all she loved her family.

She had everything to live for to she was training to be a teaching assistant, Corrine and her partner were getting their home the way they wanted it and would have dearly loved another child.

She also left behind a younger brother and sister, along with endless family who were so shocked a devastated by the sudden loss of such a happy determined person who was always there for them.

I not only lost my darling daughter, I lost one of my best friends. She was always there for everyone; a shoulder to cry on; a friend and sometimes a bit mad - a lovely person.

We all miss her so very much! The hole in all our lives is vast and our hearts are broken without her.

WHEN TOMORROW STARTS WITHOUT ME

When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me, as much as I love you,
and each time you think of me I know you’ll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand,
that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,
and said my place was ready in heaven far above,
and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,
for all life, I’d always thought I didn’t want to die.
I had so much to live for and so much yet to do,
it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for awhile,
I’d say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things that I’d miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven’s gates, I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne,
He said, “This is eternity and all I’ve promised you”.
Today for life on earth is past but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last,
and since each day’s the same day, there’s no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful, so trusting, and so true.
Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn’t do.
But you have been forgiven and now at last you’re free.
So won’t you take my hand and share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart,
for every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.

Gordon - loved so desperately

GordonYOU WATCH A LIFE, FULL OF JOY,
GROWING IN EVERY WAY
LEARNING, LOVING, UNDERSTANDING
EACH AND EVERY DAY.

YOU TRY TO PROTECT THEM, THE BEST YOU CAN,
FROM ALL LIFE’S WOES AND DANGERS,
TEACH THEM TO KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG,
BE WARY OF ALL STRANGERS.

THEN SOMEONE TAKES IT ALL AWAY
THEIR CHANCES, HOPES AND DREAMS,
YOUR CHILD GETS IN THE WAY OF A CAR
THEY DON’T GET A CHANCE TO SCREAM.

SUDDENLY YOUR WORLD IS CRUMBLING,
WORST NIGHTMARES COME TO VISIT,
YOU WONDER HOW SOMEONE COULD BE SO CRUEL,
THIS ISN’T HAPPENING, IS IT?

YOUR PLANNING FUNERALS, SORTING OUT,
A LIFE TAKEN MUCH TOO SOON
AND ALL YOU WANT TO DO IS CRY,
JUST SIT THERE IN THEIR ROOM.

HOPING THAT THIS NIGHTMARE,
WILL END AND YOU CAN GO,
AND KISS GOODNIGHT THE CHILD
LOST NOW,NEVER EVER TO KNOW.

THAT YOU LOVED HIM SO DESPERATELY
THAT YOU DONT WANT TO STAY
HERE, IN THIS HARD UNCARING WORLD,
THAT STOLE MY CHILD AWAY.

AND STILL THEY RACE ALONG THE ROADS
THAT YOU WERE KILLED ON SUDDENLY,
WHY CAN’T THEY SEE, UNDERSTAND
THAT THEY ARE RISKING THEIR FAMILIES.

BECAUSE THEY, AND PEOPLE LIKE THEM
DON’T LISTEN TO THE SCREAMS,
OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST SOMEONE
THEIR LIVES, THEIR HOPES AND DREAMS.

ONE DAY THEY MAY BE LEFT WONDERING
DID HE REALLY KNOW WE CARED?
THEIR WAS NO CHANCE TO SAY GOODBYE
TO STOP HIM FEELING SCARED.

I HOPE THIS POEM TOUCHES YOU,
AND MAKES YOU ALL THINK TWICE,
ABOUT SPEEDING, EVEN JUST A LITTLE-
NO MORE WASTING LIVES….

By Wendy Logan
In memory of my son Gordon killed aged 10 by a speeding driver.

Heywood and Middleton MP wins national road safety award

News from Brake
news@brake.org.uk

Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood and Middleton, has been given the accolade of Parliamentarian of the Month for August, by the road safety charity Brake and Direct Line Group. The award recognises Liz’s involvement in the Justice for Joseph campaign and the work she has also done supporting Brake’s Roads to Justice campaign.

Joseph Brown-Lartey was killed instantly on his drive home by Addil Haroon who smashed into Jospeh’s Audi cutting it in two. Haroon was unlicensed, uninsured, ran a red light and was travelling at 80mph in a 30 mph zone when he killed Joseph. The collision was described by police officers who attended the scene as the worst they had ever seen on an urban street.

Addil Haroon received a six year sentence after he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and will serve three of those years behind bars before he is automatically released.

Liz McInnes has been extremely supportive of the family and their campaign ‘Justice for Joseph’ which has had significant backing from regional radio station Key 103. In April she joined the family in presenting a petition at 10 Downing Street which had been signed by more than 20,000 people. 

Liz also brought the case to the attention of then Prime Minister David Cameron in Prime Minister Questions. And in July she was one of several MPs who attended the launch of Brake’s Roads to Justice campaign which is calling for stronger sentences for those that kill and severely injure people.

Brake is campaigning for better justice for both the victims of road crashes and the families of those killed by criminal driving. Tweet us: @Brakecharity, #roadstojustice

Mike Carr, Public affairs advisor, for Brake, said: “Liz fully deserves recognition for her outstanding work. Her determination to address the injustice of current sentencing practice and her dedication to supporting her constituents put her in a very special category – she is the kind of MP we would all like to have on our side.”

Accepting her award, Liz McInnes, MP for Heywood and Middleton, said: ‘I am very humbled to be given this award. There are many others both inside and outside parliament who work tirelessly to champion this cause and I accept it on their behalf. Victims of dangerous driving and their families deserve justice, and sentencing laws for these crimes urgently need to be reviewed. I will continue to apply pressure on the government and to do all I can to promote Brake and the Justice for Joseph campaign.’

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Notes to Editors:

Photographs of Liz McInnes MP recieving her award from Brake are available. Please contact news@brake.org.uk

About Brake

Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, 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 campaigns, community 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.

Follow Brake on Twitter, Facebook, or The Brake Blog.

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.

About Direct Line

Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or online.

Direct Line general insurance policies are underwritten by UK Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England No 1179980. UK Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Direct Line and UK Insurance limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc. Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0845 246 3761 or visiting www.directline.com.

Information and advice for bereaved families and friends following a death on the road in Northern Ireland

This page contains links to web pages of information and advice on practical matters and procedures that follow a death on the road in Northern Ireland. You can also download the complete guide as a pdf.

This information aims to help you if someone close has been killed in a road crash, or if you are caring for someone bereaved in this way.

It has been produced by the charity Brake, with funding from the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

What to read now

If you have been bereaved in the past few hours or days, go to the page 'What happens now?' (If you don't feel able to read on right away, ask someone else to read these pages for you.)

The rest of this guide provides information and advice on many other issues you may face at different times.

For emotional support, information and practical help from Brake and other agencies now or later, contact the Brake helpline on 0808 8000 401 or helpline@brake.org.uk or go to the to the section labelled ‘Useful organisations’.

What happens now?

Information and advice on organ donation; seeing, touching and identifying a loved one's body; post-mortem examination issues; return of belongings; visiting the crash site; what happened in the crash; and what happens to vehicles.

Practical issues

Information and advice on informing people; burials or cremations; legal issues; personal finance; the media; memorials; crashes abroad.

Criminal investigation and charges

Information and advice on the police investigation; the Public Prosecution Service and your right to be heard; criminal charges.

Court cases

Information and advice on attending court; being a witness in court; court procedures; appeals; prisoner release; inquests; the Criminal Justice System.

Can I claim compensation?

Information and advice on claiming compensation; hiring a solicitor to pursue compensation; rogue offers of help; paying your solicitor; types of compensation; fatal motor claim procedures.

Useful organisations

Information about organisations you can contact concerning all of the above.

Coping with grief

Advice for people bereaved in a road crash on coping with emotions, shock and trauma, and getting help.

Provide feedback on this guide

Brake hopes this guide has been helpful to you. If you would like to provide feedback, please fill in our simple online feedback form.

James Hackett - a few words

James HackettA few words about James

Born on the 17th Jan 1990 to Ian and Anna, James was the youngest of two sons, Nigel his brother being 6 years older. James lived at the family home in Sutterton Lincs.

As a young boy he attended playschool and Kirton Primary School in Kirton and Thomas Cowley High School in Donnington, where among other things he learnt to play the keyboard and guitar.

On leaving school he attended Boston College where he studied for his A levels which included Photography and Art. He secured a place at Huddersfield University to study for a degree in architecture.

James had many hobbies and sports. He became an accomplished guitarist, keen footballer and surf-boarder, spending many summer days in Croyde Bay, Devon with his friends riding the surf and having long night beach parties.

James died at 6.30pm on Sunday 11th May 2008 on the A16 Kirton bypass whilst overtaking another car.

His funeral service was held at St Mary's Church Sutterton and he was laid to rest in the village not far from where he would have played football with his friends.

James was a loving,loyal and kind son, brother and friend. We all miss him dreadfully and our love for him still grows daily.

For more information on James, visit his tribute website at:

www.james-hackett.co.uk

james_hackett

 

Jamie Fry - no time to say goodbye

Jamie FryJamie Fry tragically killed 26th November 2008 aged 31

My beautiful son Jamie You were taken so suddenly So tragically, so pointlessly I had no time to say goodbye I’m so sorry

There are no words to describe how we all feel, if we feel at all How will my life go on without you in it I would give any thing just to have one more moment with you So I could tell you how proud and how much I have always loved you Yow have no more pain, no more worries

Rest In Peace Jims Untill we meet again

Jamie Fry - where are you?

Jamie FryJamie, Where are you? taken from us all so quickly,
So many things I would have liked to tell you,
So many more things we could of done,
The future right in front of us.

When I look up in the clear sky I always look for a sign,
Maybe a cloud giving a message,
Or a star twinkling at me,
I know you’re near and never far.

When I walk alone I never feel scared,
I always check the shadows,
Sometimes I stare at the trees,
I always sense I should. Are you there?

You will always be in my heart,
Set in stone,
In my mind.
Thanks for always looking after me.

I look forward to the day we meet again Jamie.
No one will ever love me like you,
I love you.

Yours always, Catriona xx

Joshua Drinkwater - a promise to you

Joshua DrinkwaterMy son Josh died on 13th February 2009 in a horrific crash on the A614. Six people died including my boy. He was eighteen. Such a senseless appalling waste of lives.

I have just looked at the BrakeCare website and felt I had to write something for the Memories page. This is the speech I read out at his funeral…

‘So full of life he almost bounced’

There are no words than can describe the feeling when you first hold your newborn child The thrill of the first steps, the first words, the first time they call you ‘mummy’.

For many years I was Josh’s mummy, until one day we realised I needed to be called something else. And thats when I became ‘Mother’…

Mother do this, do that, do my washing, pick me up, can we have another party…. He had me wrapped around his finger and he knew it. I’d do anything for him. We’d joked the other night that he really did have to start learning some basic life skills…

Yes he was lazy, messy, and one of his greatest pleasures in life was winding his girlies up. But he was also the most generous and affectionate person I think I have ever known. I realised the other day that I have never heard him say a bad word about anyone.

And I will always cherish the times now when he’d come towards me wearing his silly hat, with his manly chest, his girlie jewellery, his trousers halfway down his bum, reeking of aftershave. And he’d lay his head on me. And he’d say…. ‘mummy’…

It’s very early days, I cannot even describe the pain. I honestly don’t know how to go on. But I will. Josh left two sisters, Hattie aged 16 and Alicia aged 11. And I have made a promise to him - those girls will go on and have the best life possible. I will and must make it happen.

And in the meantime, I will do everything possible to ensure that his life was not in vain. I’m recording a song, writing a diary… and when I am stronger I will try to campaign to raise driving awareness, try to do something, anything….

My Song

My heart and head are fit to burst Crowded memories, or were they all just a dream… Of when we were four

So hard to believe now that I had you in my life And I’m trying to celebrate those years and think with happiness But so far to me, all I can think is that your life was in vain

You walked out of that door and it hurts that we didn’t say goodbye What am I saying, it hurts? It is the raw agony of a mother’s loss

As I slept that night, the love, the hopes, the dreams were wiped out In one split second your life was over Taken away from me and I’m so angry my boy

Dying inside, how do we go on And all around us the sun is shining, the world is the still the same Everyone so full of life and hope. Cruel world.

The music has gone now, frozen in time It ended that day. And your friends, your friends are fading away And all I have now is a memory of the person that I was proud to be

I hope you are happy where you are I pray that you are surrounded by love I pray that you don’t know who you used to be, that all you are is happy

We will go on, we will go on…. we will make the most of our remaining lives That is my promise to you, you wouldn’t want this There will be happiness again after the emptiness

Dying inside, how do we go on And all around us the sun is shining, the world is still the same Everyone so full of life and hope. Cruel world.

And as I sit here now, the birds are singing And I know you are there, you are waiting And one day I know we will be there with you, together again

Time to say goodbye now my beautiful beautiful boy And for the rest of our time on earth You know we will be, forever be four…

Thank you to Jane at BrakeCare.

Debbie