The Road Victims Trust, a registered charity that provides free emotional and practical support for people affected by road death in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire, is reporting a “large rise for demand” in its services.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Road Victims Trust which was set up in Bedfordshire in 1995. The Trust works in partnership with three police forces and the coroner to offer a unique service to people whose lives have been devastated by the trauma of a death.
The Trust says each year more than 80 people are killed on the roads of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire with many hundreds more seriously injured. In the period April 2014- March 2015, the Trust supported 249 persons across the three counties.
Mark Turner, chief executive of the Trust, said: “The past 12 months have seen a significant rise in fatalities and we are proud to be able to offer our support to the families and friends of those who have lost a loved one, or indeed anyone else who is badly affected.
“This support quite simply isn’t available elsewhere and our highly skilled coordinating team and counselling volunteers have experienced unprecedented demand this year.”