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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.

Beep Beep! Day: fundraising

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. The money you raise supports this vital work.

Funds raised for Brake through events such as Beep Beep! Day help us to support bereaved and injured victims of road crashes, to campaign on various issues including for 20mph limits and crossings in communities.

Fundraising ideas for Beep Beep! Days

There are many ways you can raise money for Brake as part of your Beep Beep! Day event. Below are a few examples of fundraisers that other organisations have run and you can find more examples on our fundraising pages:

  • Have a bake sale! Baking is back in fashion and is an easy way for children to raise money for Brake. Make your favourite cupcakes or try our traffic light biscuit recipe and then sell them to parents, staff and pupils.
  • Hold a bring-and-buy sale or fun day and invite parents and local residents to have a stall or attend on the day, with proceeds going towards Brake.
  • Have a fun dress-down day! Encourage all the children to come to school dressed in bright clothes and donate a pound to raise money for Brake.
  • Play 'name the teddy' and give children the chance to win a cute teddy bear. Download our Name-the-bear Sheet; choose a name for the bear and seal it in an envelope. Charge £2 per guess. When the sheet is complete, announce the winner, who wins the teddy and donate the funds to Brake.
  • Guess how many sweets are in a jar.  Find a glass bottle; fill it with sweets of your choice, decorate
    with a ribbon and make it look attractive, count the sweets and seal the answer in an envelope. Charge £2 per guess. When the sheet is complete, announce the winner, who wins the sweets and donate the funds to Brake.

How your fundraising can make a difference:

£10 allows Brake to provide a free picture book for a child who has been bereaved in a road crash, to help them begin understand their loss, and guidance to their carers

£50 enables us to operate our helpline for an hour, supporting people affected by road crashes

£150 enables Brake to train 20 people to become campaigners for road safety in their community

£450 helps Brake to coordinate a road safety media campaign in a local community to help make their roads safer

pdf-bookFunds also help us produce resources such as our 'Someone has died in a road crash books' (pictured), which help children who have suffered the death of a loved one in a road crash. To order a copy, call 01484 559909 or email You can also go to, a Brake project committed to sharing best practice research and resources for professionals working with people affected by sudden bereavement. 

Return to the main Beep Beep! Day page.



Brake's Virtual Run


 Brake's Virtual Run is BACK for 2019!

This September we are aiming to collectively run 1,774km in memory of the 1,774 people who are killed, on average, on Britain's roads each year. 

Register for Brake's Virtual Run this summer to receive your t-shirt, fundraising pack & create your unique supporter page where you can raise money, upload photo's and log your running activity!



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What is a Virtual Run?

In a Virtual Run, virtually anything is possible. Unlike traditional, physical events a virtual event takes place wherever and whenever you want. Imagine running in your neighborhood whilst hundreds of other people do the same in theirs.

It's your race, so you can choose what distance you run and how fast you run it.

This year we are asking participants to collectively run 1774km during the summer in memory of the 1774 people who are killed, on average, on our roads each year. Participants can run as many times as they like during September and are able to upload every time they complete a run to their Virtual Run page created when registering.

When is it taking place?

Brake's Virtual Run is taking place this September 2019. You can choose to complete your run on one specific day or run multiple times throughout the month to help reach our 1774kmtotal. 

Why is the total 1774?

On average 1774 people are killed on our roads each year.

This figure is based on statistics produced from the Department for Transportfrom 2014 – 2018.

Where do I register?

Registration is now open, click here to register

It costs just £5 for all participants.

Is there an age limit for Brake's Virtual Run?

Brake's Virtual Run is for all ages so there is no age limit for those taking part.

Each participant will need to pay the registration fee of £5.

How much does it cost?

It costs just £5 to register for Brake’s Virtual Run 2019.

Once you have registered you will receive a Brake Virtual Run 2019 t-shirt, fundraising pack and a Virtual Run sponsorship form.

I want to register a large group, do I have to register everyone individually?

Each participant will need to pay the £5 to take part in Brake's Virtual Run. 

For larger groups please call 01484 550060 to register and pay for the places over the phone.

Do I get a medal for taking part?

Yes! If you're fundraising as part of your run, you will receive the following rewards; 
  • Raise £10 participants will receive a personalised certificate.
  • Raise £50 will received a special Virtual Run 2019 Medal for taking part in the event.
  • Raise over £100 you will be put into a Prize draw to win a running hamper!
All the money raised as a result of Brake’s Virtual Run 2019 will be in memory of the 1774 people who are killed on our roads each year. The money will go towards our dedicated work preventing road death and injury and supporting those who have been bereaved or injured in road crashes.

How do I add my run to the totaliser?

During registration, each participant will create their own page, where you can upload pictures and easily log and runs you complete.

Click here to watch a video explaining how to log your run manually.

You can even sync you favourite Strava, Fitbit or MapMyfitness account to automatically upload your activity throughout September! Click here to see how to connect your fitness device to your page.

All activity logged on any virtual run pages will automatically be added to the totaliser. Click here to view the live totaliser.

How far should I run?

This is your race, so you choose how far you run. We recommend that you set yourself a target during registration. Why not give yourself a challenge – something to work towards.

You can let us know how far to plan to run during the registration process and set a target for all to see on your fundraising page.

How do I fundraise?

You will receive a hard-copy Virtual Run sponsorship form when you receive your pack. Can't wait until then? We'll also email you an online copy when you register.

If you want to do your fundraising online, an Everyday Hero page is created during the registration process.

Your fundraising page is a place where you can upload pictures and log any runs that you do. It’s important to log if you have done a run on your page, so it can be added to the totaliser and help run 1774km.

Money raised as a result of Brake’s Virtual Run 2019 will be in memory of the 1774 people who are killed on our roads each year. All the money you raise will fund vital campaigning for safer roads and support services for those bereaved or seriously injured on the road.

Can I run in memory of someone?

Yes. We have many supporters who would like to take part in Brake’s Virtual Run in memory of a loved one.

There will be an opportunity to say who you are running for during the registration process.

Can a team of us run together?

Yes! We strongly encourage running with friends, family or colleagues to get the most out of your Virtual Run. Why not have a competition to see who can run the furthest or raise the most money?

You can either create or join a team during the registration processor once you have registered as an individual.

Where can I run?

You can complete your run anywhere, (so long as you are not breaking the law!)  

Why not complete your run;

  • down at your local park 
  • at your local gym on the treadmill
  • as part of an organised local event

Where you choose is up to you!

Are there any running events happening near me?

There are many 5K, 10K, half and full marathons also taking part all across the UK.

Click here to find out where your nearest run is.
Participants will have to register for external races individually.  Brake does not take responsibility for booking you onto these races.

Want something more local and less formal? Park Run organise hundreds of weekly, free, pre-arranged races in local parks all across the UK.You can find your nearest one here.

Who can I contact for more information?

You can email or call 01484 559909 if you have any questions or require any more information.

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!

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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

Brantano & Brake

Brantano HI RESBrantano is calling for children and their parents in to pledge to walk to school more often in the new term, to help raise money for road safety charity, Brake.

Research by the shoe retailer has revealed that only a third of children and parents regularly walk to and from school every week and further research highlights that only a quarter of parents feel the route between their home and school is safe.  Brantano is aiming to encourage the school run to be made on foot rather than in the car in a bid to not only help reduce congestion and traffic dangers on the roads around schools but also to help promote a healthy lifestyle and safe walking in correctly fitted shoes. 

For every pledge Brantano receives it will donate 10p to Brake to help fund the lifesaving work it does in campaigning to prevent road deaths and injuries, and supporting people bereaved by traffic collisions.  To take part simply head to a Brantano store to take advantage of the free expert fitting service and pick up a pledge card.  Then share a photo holding your pledge card on Brantano’s Facebook or Twitter pages and Brantano will donate to Brake for every pledge photo shared.     

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Louise Williams, fitting expert at Brantano said: "At Brantano, we are already committed to providing a service that looks after children’s foot health, we are keen to promote and encourage the health and environmental benefits of walking to school. The collaboration with Brake allows us to not only raise awareness of the importance of correctly fitting shoes for children’s foot health but also to reinforce messages about the dangers of roads and the importance of safe road use to both children and parents.”

Philip Goose from Brake, said: “All parents want their children to be healthy and happy, and getting out and walking and cycling more often is a great way to do this. Walking or cycling to school, and being active, can be great fun. It’s also healthy, and the more parents and kids who walk or cycle to school, rather than clogging up our roads and school gates with dangerous traffic and parked cars, the safer our roads become, and we’re delighted to be working with Brantano to promote active travel.”

Brake's mascot, Zak the Zebra, is a fan of Brantano's campaign, and has already got his photo ready - can you do any better?

Find out more about Brake & Brantano's partnership here.

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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

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 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 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.

Communities plagued by traffic

lollipopladyPlagued by speeding traffic? No safe place to cross the road? Inadequate pavements and no cycle paths? Want to help educate local drivers and children about how to use roads more safely? Then do something about it!

Visit our community campaign kit full of tips and advice on running your local campaign. 

Support Brake's national campaigns in government to stop the carnage.

Help Brake and spread the road safety word by fundraising for the charity in your town or village.


Cycle for Brake

Get fit and cycle for Brake to raise awareness and funds for Brake's campaigns and services for road crash victims.

However you choose to get involved, we will provide you with a fundraising pack with all the resources you need raise as much as possible! Also check out these top tips for raising sponsorship money.
No events in your area or have another great idea? Call us on 01484 683294 or complete our enquiry form to speak to one of the team.


Take a look at our all our upcoming cycling event!

London to Paris Cycle

When is it? Wednesday 16th September – Sunday 20th September 2020. 

Where is it? The trip starts in London and ends in Paris.

What is it? The perfect cycle for any Tour de France follower! An incredible 4 day, 300-mile bike ride from London to Calais, with a day in Paris to watch the Tour de France finale.

How much does this cost? There is a £125 registration fee to secure your place and we ask that you raise £1,650 in sponsorship. The cost includes all accommodation, travel by ferry and Eurostar, all meals during cycling days, water, refreshments and medical support.

How do I get involved? Call Lisa on 01484 683294 or visit

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Cycling in Vietnam

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next available date:
9th November 2014

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

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Tips on raising sponsorship 

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Fleet drivers

National Accident Helpline is pleased to sponsor this page.

FleFleet driveret drivers are at the coal face of road safety. Whether you drive a 38 tonne truck or a delivery moped, you can make a difference on our roads. About one in three road deaths involves a vehicle being driven for work purposes and many more involve people driving to and from work.

Help stop the carnage by ensuring your driving is as safe as it possibly can be, and being an ambassador for safe driving. Start by signing our Pledge and reading the accompanying driver advice and encourage colleagues to do the same.

Help your employer prioritise fleet safety by encouraging them to join Brake Professional, our low-cost service giving road risk management advice on critical topics from driver tiredness to vehicle maintenance. Signing up often helps employers save money as well as protecting their staff and the public from potentially deadly crashes.

You can also encourage your employer or union to take part in Road Safety Week, an ideal time to raise awareness among staff about road safety and raise funds for Brake. 

Finally, help Brake's work to make roads safer and support bereaved and injured crash victims by fundraising for us, making a donation, and backing our campaigns. Thanks for your support!

This page is kindly sponsored by:

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For families and schools

NI Victoria Primary School CarrickfergusFundraising is fun!  Raise funds for Brake while spreading important road safety messages within nurseries, schools or colleges and across the wider community.

There are lots of ways that you (educators, parents and community groups) can get involved. Follow the links below for a range of ideas. 

Tell us about your own fundraising ideas or discuss your options, complete this quick form, or contact Lisa at or on 01484 683294.


This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it // or on 01484 683Follow the links below for a range of ideas. Or, to tell us about your own fundraising ideas or discuss your options, complete this quick form, or contact Lisa at or on 01484 683294.Follow the links below for a range of ideas. Or, to tell us about your own fundraising ideas or discuss your options, complete this quick form, or contact Lisa at or on 01484 683294Beep Beep! day - teaching road safety to kids and parents through fun activities

Brake's Kids Walk - join thousands of children in walking to call for safer driving

Bake for Brake - Bake yummy cakes and biscuits and sell to family and friends

Join us on a sponsored walk - a stroll around the local park with toddlers or a climb up a mountain, the choice is yours.

Collect for Brake - show your support and set up a collection box

Fun Fundraising - some fun ideas for the office or in your community.


Fundraising Ideas

There are all sorts of ways to put the FUN in fundraising. Why not get your friends, family, school mates or work colleagues involved and help raise money towards our life-saving work, all whilst having fun!

Already know how you want to fundraise? Great! Fill in this form and let us know to receive your FREE fundraising resources!

Stuck for ideas? Get inspired by our ideas below, fill out this enquiry formor get in touch with the fundraising team at


Fundraising Ideas:

  • Bake for Brake - Put your baking skills to the test, and sell at work or in the community

  • Brake Fest -  Bring people together and organise anything, from a gig to a dance show, in aid of Brake

  • Virtual Run - Join us this September for our annual running event!

  • Car boot - Get a team together and earn money for a great cause

  • Collection – Grab a Brake collection tub and get collecting in your work, office, school or community

  • Sweepstakes - Put on a sweepstake for the latest sporting event

  • Charity football matches - Challenge friends and colleagues in a fantastic football match

  • Golf days - Dig out the old clubs and organise a golf day

  • Shop for Brake - Check out some of our fantastic gifts and products

  • Sponsored events – Get sponsored doing anything from a sponsored silence to a sponsored skip

  • Road Safety Superheroes Day

  • Wear Your Stripes Day - Why not swap your school uniform for fun, bright, stripy clothes in exchange for a donation to Brake?


Tips on running your own fundraising event.

Did you know? Some organisations will match fund what you make! Find out more.

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Why not invite our mascot, Zak the Zebra, to your event? 

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Fundraising Ideas for Children

It’s great to get children involved in fundraising from a young age.Childrens fundraising 2

Fundraising is all about having fun, whilst at the same time helping others.   So why not donate some time during the school holidays towards helping your child fundraise for Brake.  

We’re not expecting the children to raise £100s. Absolutely every single £1 donated to Brake is important – and if you let us know how you’ve fundraised for us, we will happily send a personal thank you and certificate to your child to acknowledge their hard work fundraising for us.

How to start?

Well first of all, let’s start with the basics - it’s important that a child’s fundraiser should be:

- Safe
- Not too long, or they’ll get bored
- Easy to understand and accomplish
- FUN!

Brake can provide your child with:

- A fundraising pack (including a sponsorship form, if required)
- A sheet of stickers for them to give out to their friends
- Some road safety fact sheets for the children to take into school

Here are a few fundraising ideas to get you thinking:

Bake Sale

All children love baking, either independently or with a grown-up. Why not set aside a couple of hours and bake some delicious buns and biscuits; have fun decorating them (how about traffic light colours?) and then sell them to friends, family and neighbours.

Sponsored Silence

Are the holidays feeling a bit loud? How about this brilliant, peaceful fundraiser to test your child’s commitment to their fundraising.   You choose a length of time that you think your child could achieve and ask friends and family to sponsor them.  Then prepare lots of silent activities to pass the time (books, colouring etc) and off you go.

Guess the number of sweeties in a jar

Take your child to the local shop to buy sweeties of their choice; find an appropriate sized jar and then fill it with the sweets. Remember to carefully count them all as you put them in, and seal the answer in an envelope.  Work with your child to design an answer sheet full of boxes that people can write their guesses in.  Visit friends, family and neighbours and charge £2 per guess. When the sheet is complete, announce the winner, and your child can present them with the sweets!.

Name the Teddy

Buy a Teddy Bear! Download our Name-the-bear Sheet ask your child to choose a name for the bear and seal it in an envelope. Then visit friends, family and neighbours charging £2 per guess. When the sheet is complete, announce the winner, and your child can present them with their prize – the teddy!

Wet Sponge Fun

Arrange a day when family and friends can all throw wet sponges at a chosen target (grandma? daddy? etc).   Perhaps charge 50p a throw?

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Organise a fun picnic at the park with friends and their teddy bears. You could charge £1 per bear invited and possibly include other silly fundraisers during the picnic.

Toddler Triathlon

Arrange for parents and toddlers to meet at the local park and for a minimal entry fee, arrange (1) to walk/run a certain distance, (2) to cycle/trike/scooter a certain distance, (3) a hunt for treasure in the park (coins, sealed sweets etc)

Car Wash

Why not ask friends, family and relatives if you can wash their car for them during the holidays, for a small donation? (Remind them that it’s not about the getting the car completely clean, it’s more about the fundraising your child is doing!)

The important thing to remember is that fundraising is fun!

Email if you would like to join in.  If you have your own fabulous fundraising ideas, let us know.

Fundraising terms and conditions

Brake is delighted that you have decided to fundraise for us. Every penny you raise will go towards Brake's vital work supporting families affected by road crashes and educating people about road safety.

Brake's fundraising terms and conditions are outlined below – please read them carefully. If you fundraise for Brake, you are deemed to have accepted these conditions. Should you need any further information, please email or ring 01484 559909.

1. If you are 18 or over (or under 18, and your parent/guardian is happy about what you've chosen to do and takes responsibility for you under these T&Cs), unless we inform you otherwise in writing, you may organise fundraising events for our general charitable purposes as an independent supporter 'in aid of' (and not 'on behalf of') Brake.

2. Brake is not responsible for your event. You will carry out a health and safety risk assessment for your event and will ensure that all participants are fully briefed and adequately supervised.

3. You will make sure your event is legal and consistent with our Pledge. You will not do anything that threatens Brake's reputation or name. If you do, Brake has the right to ask you to cease fundraising in aid of them.

4. You will not collect funds on the street, in a public place or by going from house to house without a local authority licence. You will obtain necessary licences and follow appropriate guidelines if your event involves sales of alcohol or food, or entertainment or a raffle / lottery.

5. You will encourage eligible donors/sponsors to make Gift Aid declarations so we can make the most of your fundraising efforts by recovering basic rate tax on their donations.

6. You agree that any costs or risks that arise out of your fundraising activities are your responsibility, including liabilities for injury or loss which may occur to you, your helpers or guests.

7. You agree to only use Brake's branded materials and the Brake name and logo for fundraising activities that have been approved by Brake.

8. You consent that photographs taken during your fundraising activity may be used to publicise the work of Brake generally, unless you specify otherwise.

9. You will not use any unlawful means by which to raise funds for Brake.


Get moving!

Raise funds while getting fit by trekking, running or cycling for Brake, or conquer your fears by taking the plunge in a sky dive, abseil or zip slide!

However you choose to get involved, we will provide you with all the fundraising resources you need raise as much as possible!

Follow the links below for a range of ideas, or chat to our team by filling out our enquiry form, calling 01484 683294 or emailing

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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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Give as you Earn

March is Donate to Brake Month. Give as you Earn is a great way of donating. 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.

Use these resources to find out more, to set up the scheme and to get some handy tips and tools to promote Brake and to run fundraising campaigns in your work place.

Are you an employer who wants to set up the scheme?

Click here to download an application pack from CAF.

Find out more by clicking on the frequently asked question documents below.

Are you an employer who wants to promote the scheme internally?

Do you already have the scheme set up with CAF and you want to increase the ways you’re promote it to employees to improve charitable giving, and employee engagement?

Use the resources below to promote Brake to your staff and encourage them to donate to Brake each month. Every penny donated will go towards our work supporting bereaved families and our work preventing road crashes.

Use the resources below to promote the tax benefits of Give As You Earn to your employees.

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Use the resources below to promote Give As You Earn during #givingtuesday

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If you run a bonus scheme in your workplace, use the resources below to encourage your employees to donate a proportion of their bonus to Brake.

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Are you an employee who wants to promote the scheme internally?

Do you want to encourage your employer to set up a Give As You Earn scheme and promote Brake to your colleagues? Use the resources below to find out more and to start the ball rolling.

Want to find out more?

Do you need more support from Brake to set up a Give As Your Earn scheme in your workplace? We’d be delighted to hear from you. Fill in the quick form below and one of our fundraising team will be in touch within the next five working days.

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