A special service to remember those who have died or been injured on our roads will be held in Liverpool next week.
RoadPeace has organised the remembrance service in the concert room of St George’s Hall, part of the charity’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
It takes place at 2pm on Sunday, November 20, following which guests will be invited to the memorial for crash victims in neighbouring St John’s Gardens where five doves will be released to mark the five people who are killed each day on our country’s roads.
Pauline Fielding, from Liverpool, organises the annual event for RoadPeace, where she turned to for support after her son Andrew was killed in 1994 at the age of just 18, in a crash caused by a driver who did not stay at the scene and who was never traced.
She is now a trustee of the charity and says the service, which will be led by the Rector of Liverpool, Crispin Pailing, is a poignant way for people to pay tribute as well as raising awareness of how dangerous driving costs lives.
She said: “In every death there are so many people affected and this service offers the families and friends of those who have died or been injured the opportunity to come together and remember their loved ones.
“It is also a chance for us to give thanks to the emergency services for their support and to highlight this unacceptable death toll and reflect on what can be done to prevent further tragedies.”
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Every death or serious injury on the roads of Merseyside is one too many. Each and every one brings suffering and misery to those who are involved, their families, friends, and whole communities.
“This poignant service gives us the opportunity to remember all those who have tragically lost their lives and offer support to their loved ones, as RoadPeace does all year round.”
Refreshments will be served in St George’s Hall following the service, which has been sponsored this year by serious injury specialists Slater and Gordon Lawyers.
Carol Hopwood, a lawyer at the Liverpool branch said, “RoadPeace works tirelessly to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads, which tragically still stands at thousands every year. The charity also provides essential support to victims and their families, whose lives have been devastated as a result of what are often completely avoidable incidents.
“Slater and Gordon is proud to sponsor this service of remembrance, which is so important to so many people, and to support the work of RoadPeace in making our roads safer for everyone.”
The event in Liverpool is one of many taking place across the globe as part of RoadPeace’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It was first introduced in 1993 and quickly spread to other European countries before being adopted by the United Nations in 2005.