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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.

GO20AlexRoadSideHolding hands

✔ 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.


Whether to allow your child to cycle on roads in your communityGO20FamilyCrossingRoadsmall

✔ 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!

Do you know your choux from your filo? Are you a whiz with a whisk? Or do you just really love eating cake? Whatever your reason - we are looking for offices, schools and individuals to grab their aprons and hold a Bake for Brake fundraiser!


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 our downloadable e-pack filled with more ideas and inspiration, games and posters.

Call us on 01484 810457 or send an email to to register your event and to receive your free Bake for Brake fundraising pack!


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’!

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

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, 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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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 Lisa at or ring for a chat on 01484 550060. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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.


Introducing Brake Fest 

A new fundraising event coming this summer!

brake fest 2019

Register NOW to receive your free pack 

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

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

We will promote ALL Brake Fest events to our social media followers and to local press to help you boost your attendance raise as much as you can! 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 this summer!


What is Brake Fest?

Brake Fest is a national festival which encourages supporters across the UK to organise a fundraising event over the summer 2019

Events can be gigs, a concert, comedy night, dance show, open mic night, busk or simply organise to have a bucket collection at a pre-arranged event!

To get started, simply register your event here

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?

Click here to register your event! 

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

Alternatively you can email and one of our team will be in touch 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
  • A 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 you will be put on our virtual line up! Make sure you give us details of your event and how people can get involved. 

When you register, we will also provide a blank poster and social media banner which you can use to share your event on Facebook and Twitter, and 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. 

You may need a street collection licence to collect money on the street. 

Click here to collect your local councils rules Street Collections
Click here to see your local councils rules on Busking

Does my event have to be the summer?

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

Where do I send photos from 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!

When you register, an online JustGiving fundraising page will automatically be created, which can be shared to friends and family to boost your fundraising efforts! You can set up a Brake Fest fundraising page at any time by clicking this link

Do I have to organise my own event?

There are plenty of ways to get involved with Brake fest -  A good idea could be to piggyback on other events like open mic nights or comedy night or see if you can have a bucket on the door of an event you already have planned.

Why not take a look at our Virtual Line up and see if there is an event happening near you to support?

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.

I have raised money at my event, how do I get donations to you?


The best ways to get money to Brake is; 

Online at

Make an online bank transfer (we can provide our details)

You can send a cheque made payable to 'Brake' to Brake, the road safety charity, PO Box 548, Huddersfield, HD1 2XZ

Over the phone by credit or debit card on 01484 559909

If you have any queries you can email

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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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.

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 on-line.

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

Give as you earn

Are you employed?
Would you consider giving a small regular donation to Brake, direct from your pay, on Pay Day?

Give as you Earn (also known as Payroll Giving) is an easy way you can offer Brake long term regular income. Regular giving is a fantastic way to support Brake. It provides us with a long term, steady income stream that enables us to plan our work more effectively and continue to provide support for families affected by road crashes.

Payments that you make, through a payroll giving scheme, are deducted from your gross pay before tax is deducted. This means that you are given tax relief on your donation immediately and at your highest rate of tax.  If you want to make a £5 donation to charity, £5 is deducted from your gross pay, but you save £1 in tax, so it only costs you £4. The full £5 comes to Brake.

How does it work?
You will need to fill in this form.

You don't have to inform your employer about your gift to us, it will all be sorted out for you. This usually takes a bit of time so don't worry if your donation doesn’t come out of your next pay packet.

How will I know if I'm eligible to join a scheme?
You’ll be eligible if you’re an employee or a pensioner and your employer deducts Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax from your salary or pension.

How much should I give?
You can give however much you'd like; it's entirely up to you. Remember, payroll donations are before tax so they really are the most efficient way to donate. 

What if my circumstances change?
You can change the amount you give or stop donating at any time. If you move job and want to continue supporting our work you’ll need to sign up with your new employer.

What will you do with my personal details?
We'll only use your contact details again if you opt to receive further communications from us. We will not pass your details onto anyone else.

Click here to sign up today!.



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

Wondering what it's really like? Below are some comments from people who have cycled from London to Paris to raise money Brake. They all had a fantastic time and raised thousands of pounds towards Brake's work. Thank you!

Andy Phillips
As a corporate donor to road safety charity ‘Brake’, Applied Driving Techniques in association with Inchcape Fleet Solutions took part in a London to Paris bike ride on the 5th May 2010 in order to raise further funds for the charity.

The brave volunteer, Andy Phillips from Applied Driving Techniques, experienced long days in the saddle and some strenuous hill-climbs as he connected two of the worlds most chic capital cities. 

If you’re interested in doing this event for Brake and would like to see Andy's diary of the event, email and she will happily forward it on.

london-paris1Claire Harbridge

Carole Hutchinson and Claire Harbridge cycled in memory of Claire's brother Stephen, killed on the roads. Claire says "We had an AMAZING experience that I would recommend to anyone. I have raised over £2,200 for Brake."







Russ Moggridge - Carlsberg UK

"I am still running on adrenalin - it was absolutely wonderful!"

"Because the Brake fundraising t-shirt was Yellow and the Tour De France leader wears yellow, the photographer kept getting me to thefront of the photographs - which was good publicity for Brake!"

"They were all a real brilliant bunch of people, all doing it forthe right reasons. Got to know people really well, really quickly! I had a simply wonderful time!"



london-paris3Rebecca Crawley - Volunteer

"It was great fun, extremely tiring but great fun!"

"84 charities took part! They were all a real brilliant bunch ofpeople, all doing it for the right reasons. We got to know peoplereally well, really quickly! I had a wonderful time!




london-paris4Martin Edwards - Volunteer

"It was no harder than I thought. It was a really sociable event and I really enjoyed it. I definitely want to become more involved with Brake."





london-paris5David Standard - Irwin Mitchell

"I had a super time - in fact a great time was had by all. The other cyclists on the trip were a great crowd of people and we all got on so well!"









Matched giving


Matched giving is when an organisation matches the amount of fundraising an employee does for a charity, effectively doubling the money raised for Brake.

Why do it?
Giving to Brake as part of a company initiative creates a great sense of common purpose and pride amongst your employees– and you can reinforce that sense of partnership by boosting the value of their donations.

The benefits of matched giving include:
- Boosting morale and encouraging team building by rewarding employees for their generosity
- A reduced tax bill for you – you don’t have to pay corporation tax on the money you use to match giving
- Raising your company’s profile and generating positive press.

How does my organisation do it?
It is easy to set up matched giving, simply go to the CAF online page here
and fill out an enquiry form.

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

Not for you? Return to Brake's fundraising ideas.


Schools & communities

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Brake Zebras is a website for children, families and teachers to find out more about road safety.

It provides free tools, activities and knowledge to support children as they try to find out more about road safety.

Go to Brake Zebras (link opens in new window)

Schools, nurseries, colleges and community groups can make a huge difference to road safety. By speaking out together about the need for safe and healthy mobility for all, we can make our communities safer, nicer and greener, help people to live active lifestyles, and stop needless tragedies before they happen.

Here are some of the main ways you can get involved:

Road Safety Week

Road Safety Week is the UK's biggest road safety event, coordinated annually by Brake and involving thousands of schools, organisations and communities each year.

To take part and register for your free action pack, please visit


Road safety is a great subject to engage children and young people with. It's a subject even the youngest children know something about because everyone uses roads, and road danger impacts on everyone. It’s also a vitally important subject.

Road crashes are a major cause of death and injury among the young, with the risk rising as children reach secondary school age and have more independence. Danger from traffic is also a big factor in whether children and young people are able to walk and cycle to school, to the park or to see friends, and therefore affects their ability to be healthy and socially active.

Our guide to teaching road safety has ideas for lessons and activities for children and young people aged 2 to 18, including some that can be run in assemblies or citizenship lessons, and some that can be incorporated into subjects like Maths, Science, Drama and English.

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Hundreds of nurseries, pre-schools and children's centres run Beep Beep! Days each year using resources from Brake. These fun days teach tots and infants road safety basics while raising awareness among parents.

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Primary schools

Brake’s Kids Walk sees thousands of children aged 4-11 from across the country put their best feet forward to promote road safety and the health and planet-saving benefits of walking. Teachers get free resources to help run their event, including lesson and assembly slides, posters, banners and activity sheets.


Secondary schools

If you teach or work with young people, you can help them understand the issues around road safety and sustainable travel, make safe and sustainable choices, and speak out for responsible road use. Sign up to take part in Road Safety Week and get your whole school involved, or check out the following projects for secondary schools:

  • Project24 – a competition for 11–18 year-olds that challenges them to make a 24-second film to raise awareness and inspire others to campaign for safer roads
  • Youth for Brake – empowering young people to run local road safety and sustainable transport campaigns in their community


Many families have concerns about road safety, from being able to walk and cycle safely in your community – and deciding whether to allow your child to walk or cycle alone – to concerns about teenagers being in danger as passengers or new drivers. To get involved and champion road safety in your family, please click here.


Are you worried about road danger in your area? Are local people crying out for lower speed limits or better pavements, paths and crossings? Get campaigning, with our advice, and make your streets safer.


Help us continue our vital work supporting people affected by road death and serious injury and campaigning for safe and healthy mobility for all by running a fundraiser for Brake, which can help raise awareness about road safety too. See our fundraising ideas.

Use our road safety resources

We have a great range of road safety resources (some available free of charge) available to order or download from our online shop. You'll also find road safety advice on different topics here.

Keep in touch

If you would like to receive information about other opportunities and events please sign up at our preference centre. You can also follow us on Facebook or Twitter.




Matty Norman FootballSweepstakes are an easy and fun way of raising money within your workplace or friendship group.  Basically, the fundraiser is a lottery and the prize money is generated from the entry fees paid by participants.

How does it work?
Choose an event or competition to base your sweepstake on, for example The World Cup, European Championships, Wimbledon, The Eurovision Song Contest etc.
- The number of participants can be as many as the competitors available, ie if there are 32 teams in the world cup, 32 people could enter. If you don't have a large group of willing participants, you could allow people to enter more than once.
- Participants pay a set amount to enter the sweepstake and put their money on one of the competitors (we would suggest £1-£3).
- Make a record of everyone’s entry.
- Take down their name, assigned team and whether they have paid their entry fee.
- Once their money has been paid, participants should draw a name out of the hat at random, and this shall be their team.
- Once the results of the competition, event or league are announced, the participant who picked the winner receives half of the total money and the remaining funds come to Brake.
- If you manage to build up some friendly competition in your office, sweepstakes can become a regular fundraiser. You could even keep a league table of winners.

How to organise it
Request a Brake sweepstake pack, which can be tailored to the event of your choice.

The pack will include;
Instructions of how to play
Cut outs of all the competitors of the competition to put into a hat ready for selection
A form to write down who each of the participants drew out of the hat.

Click below to download our current sweepstake Packs for upcoming events

Grand National 2017

Eurovision 2017 

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.

Not for you? Return to the fundraising home page.


Click here for photos of our fundraisers in action




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Brake’s admin team will be in touch with you within the next seven working days to confirm your booking. In the meantime please contact us on if you have any questions. If your booking is chargeable an invoice with payment instructions will be sent to the invoice address you provided us with. Methods of payment available are Cheque, BACS payment, or Credit Card.

Best wishes,

The Brake team

Tips on running a successful fundraising event!

Brake EventsUse these simple suggestions to enable your event to be a fun fundraiser without being a headache!  

1. Get help. Two heads are better than one. Even better, have a committee of family and/or friends who’ll take responsibility for particular tasks.

2. What’s going to happen? Decide what the main event will be. Is it a disco, a race-night, a ceidlh, a darts match? If you’re organising the event in memory of someone who has died on the roads, how about linking it to one of their interests? Perhaps they were part of a dance group? You could ask the dance group to perform? Perhaps they played football? You could organise a charity football match?

3. Decide on a date. Plan the event well in advance, to give you plenty of time for organisation. If you are organising the event in memory of someone who has died on the roads, perhaps you could tie the event in with a special occasion (ie their birthday, anniversary etc)  

4. Be organised. Write yourself a list of all the jobs you need to do. Tick them off one by one. That way you won’t forget anything.

5. Find a venue. Remember to keep it central and preferably accessible by public transport and find out how many people the venue can legally hold.

6. Think about furniture. Does the venue have tables and chairs? Or do you need to beg or borrow from somewhere? If you’re having an auction do you need staging or a podium? Ask someone to be your auctioneer and have spotters to ensure you keep an eye on who is bidding - it can be chaotic!

7. Do you need refreshments? Are you having a bar? If so do you need to arrange a licence? Are you having catering? Decide now and book if necessary or ensure that the venue has the required facilities. If serving alcohol, make sure you put up posters warning against drink driving and reminding people that this is a road safety fundraiser and not to drink anything if driving. Ask someone, such as a bar, to sponsor free soft drinks.

8. Will there be entertainment? What entertainment will there be? If you’re having a band or a DJ,  book them early to get the best one. Do you need microphones, lighting? Check that these are being provided by the performer? If the event is in memory of a loved one you may like to have some of their favourite songs played.  

9. Issue tickets. Don’t have the event as a ‘just turn up on the night’ affair, because you won’t know how many people you have coming. Number the tickets and get the money up-front. It’s OK to have additional people paying on the door, but you need to know that you’ve got enough people for it to pay for itself and raise funds for Brake. Decide on a ticket price which will cover everything you’ve booked i.e. venue, catering, DJ and will still give you funds on top of that for Brake. Why not raise more funds for Brake by getting the drinks or catering or a DJ sponsored by local companies?

10. Keep accounts. Keep an accurate record of how much you are spending as you go along.

11. Market your event. Design posters, tickets etc. Perhaps the local printer can run them off for you at a discount (or free!) because it’s for a fundraising event? Remember to include your phone number or email address for information. Contact the local newspapers and radio stations and ask them to publicise the event for you. Put posters up around the local community.

12. Use a bucket for donations.It's easier than a smaller container, notes can't fall out easily, and it encourages people to give big! It's also a great container for putting your own home-made poster on the side encouraging people to give to Brake.

13. Give prizes. If you’ve having a raffle or an auction, contact local companies and shops asking for donations and prizes.

14. Confirm bookings. A few days before the event, telephone the venue, the caterers, the band etc to confirm the booking and to clarify the venue details etc.

15. The day of the event. Give yourself plenty of time to get organised. Don’t leave things until the last minute. Set out the venue, put the posters up, reconfirm the catering and entertainment arrangements (if necessary).

16. Enjoy yourself! Take plenty of photos or task someone to do this as you’ll be busy.

17. After the event. Send thank you letters to all who donated prizes/time etc. Perhaps put a thank you in the local paper to all who attended? Send photos to Brake. Collect all monies in, pay the appropriate people. Send the remaining monies to Brake using the 'donate' button at the top of this site or by calling 01484 559909 to pay by credit card over the phone, or send a cheque to PO Box 548, Huddersfield, HD1 2XZ. Thank you!

Trekking in Peru - an amazing experience

Trekking in PeruI trekked in Peru in memory of my beautiful daughter, killed aged just 16 in a road crash. I raised over £2,500 for Brake.

I had a really fantastic time - it was better than I hoped and all the training I had undertaken really paid off because it was a lot harder than I thought - but I kept up well. The altitude was the main problem for everyone but I was lucky that I didn't feel too bad.

Peru itself is an amazing, beautiful country and I'm so lucky that I have had the chance to go there. Reaching the top of the mountains was well worth it!

If anyone is thinking of doing this trek I would recomcend it 100%. The buzz and sense of achievement over-rides the altitude sickness.

The group I was with were great and we all supported each other – and we're all having a reunion soon, so I've made friends for life. We are all missing Peru and so are going to a Peru Resturant in London!

Carolyn Johnson, Brake volunteer

Zak the Zebra

Zak photo with LisaI'm Zak the Zebra and I’m the official mascot for Brake, the road safety charity.

I am very passionate about road safety and I love visiting local communities and helping raise awareness about the need for safe driving.

Fundraising events:
I love attending fundraising events, it’s so much fun!   In the past couple of years I’ve run in a 5K race, I’ve taken part in a zip-slide across a football stadium, I’ve sold cakes at a Bake Sale, and I’ve scored a goal at a charity football match.   If you have an event that you would like me to either “take part” in or just to be there to support those who are, then Zak photo zipslideplease get in touch.  

Do you have a mascot race in your area?  Would you like to help me take part?   It's great awareness raising of the charity and also a great photo opportunity for me. if you know of any events I could run in, please get in touch.

Road Safety awareness raising events
Are you holding an event to raise awareness about road safety? Perhaps hosting a stand at a village fete, or down at your local supermarket?   I’m great to grabbing people’s attention and they love coming over to talk to me – which is great, as it means you’ll be able to talk to them too.   I can bring with me lots of road safety advice and information too.   Just ask about free resources when you get in touch.Zak photo mascots

School fetes
It’s true, I’m very cute! Kids of all ages love me! So if you’ve got an event at your local school or college why not invite me along. I’m always happy to have a cuddle and have my picture taken – remember, it’s great awareness raising for Brake and road safety too – as when the children are talking to me, you can talk to them about how important it is to cross at zebra crossings and be sensible at the road side.   Did you know I’ve also written some very useful top travel tips for families – why not have a read.

Corporate events
Sometimes business events are very serious aren’t they. Why not invite me along to lighten the mood! The local media love me, so it might be a great way to get some press coverage for your company and your event. Get in touch and let’s have a chat.

Zak photo schoolsCampaigning events
Are you concerned that traffic in your area is putting people in danger, frightening families and stopping people from walking or cycling freely? If you’re planning an awareness raising event or demonstration, perhaps I could help.  Fill in the form and tell me more.  

Why not download a posterof me supporting Brake’s GO20 campaign and display it in your community somewhere and ask drivers to slow down.

If you want me to visit (please, please, please!) then fill in this formand my secretary will be in touch.

If you have any questions, why not email me:
I’m on Twitter too! Why not follow me @ZakBrake

Hear from you soon I hope.

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