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 at www.brake.org.uk/fundraise.
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, at www.brake.org.uk/support.
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 campaigns, community education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.
Brake was founded in the UK in 1995, and now has domestic operations in the UK and New Zealand, and works globally to promote action on road safety.
Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.
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