Cheshire Police has launched an emotive new campaign with the aim of reducing the number of young people killed or seriously injured, particularly in motorcycle collisions.
On 21 July 2021, Harry Abbey was riding to work when he was involved in a serious collision. He died at the scene and was just 19-years-old.
Now – just over two years on – Harry’s mother Bev and three siblings have bravely opened up on the impact losing Harry has had on them, with the hope that it stops any other family from having to go through the same pain and heartbreak they have.
The video has been released on Cheshire Police’s social channels and will be used in schools and colleges across the county. The full version is available on the Cheshire Police website.
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On 21 July 2021, Harry Abbey was riding to work when he was involved in a serious collision.
Harry died at the scene.
He was just 19 years old.
— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) November 6, 2023
Bev Abbey said: “Losing Harry has been one of the most traumatic experiences of mine and my family’s life. That pain, it doesn’t go away, it will be there all the time – you just make more room for it and learn to live alongside it.
“I want young people to know that they have a responsibility for not only their own lives, but a responsibility to come home – back to the people that love them.”
Bev has also donated Harry’s bike to the roads education team at Cheshire Police.
PC Darren Daniels, road safety education officer for Cheshire Constabulary, said: “I attend schools and colleges across the county all the time educating and encouraging young people on how to stay safe while driving their cars or riding their bikes – yet serious and fatal collisions still happen.
“We want young people to understand that they are not invincible, and their life matters.
“It matters to those who are left behind dealing with the consequences and I hope that by Bev bravely sharing Harry’s story – and using his bike as an educational tool – we can make a real difference and help to reduce the number of young people who are needlessly killed on the county’s roads.”