The Road Victims Trust is a registered charity dedicated to supporting residents of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire who have been affected by the grief and trauma of a road death.
Chief Executive of the Road Victims Trust, Mark Turner said: “Each year over 80 people are killed on the roads of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. This leads to the Road Victims Trust supporting in excess of 250 people. We are delighted to receive support from Dacorum Borough Council, who are doing so much to raise the profile of the Trust within Hertfordshire. The placing of the Trust video campaign in Hemel Hempstead town centre will do much to heighten awareness of the plight of local road victims”
The campaign will appear for a period of two months and will run from 9am – 5pm every day at 1 minute every hour.
The Mayor of Dacorum Councillor Gbola Adeleke, attended the launch of the campaign on Saturday 2nd April along with the parents of Jake Chapman, who is the face of the campaign. Councillor Adeleke said “It was a moving experience for me to meet Mr and Mrs Chapman, the parents of Jake Chapman, who was a road victim. Their courage and support to have Jake as the face of the campaign is truly amazing and will be a great help to other families. The work of the Road Victims Trust is a worthy cause to help support those who have been affected by the grief and trauma of a road death, and I hope through this campaign, all road users will appreciate the precious gift of life”.
Jakes parents, Janet and Ray Chapman were delighted to have Jake chosen as the face of the Campaign and said “Ray and I were very honoured to have been asked if our son "Jake Chapman" could be the "real" face of the Road Victims Trust Campaign in Hemel Hempstead. Of course, we said yes straight away when we were asked. Without the RVT we would have struggled to come to terms with what had happened and with day to day life.
The work that they do is invaluable and is there for as long as required.
We hope that with the help of the campaign in Hemel Hempstead that the RVT will become known for the work that they do, and hopefully will help to raise much needed funds for this very worthy charity”.
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