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Dear friend

On Sunday 20th November bereaved families, politicians, and representatives from the emergency services will gather to honour road crash victims in services to mark the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR). We hope you are able to join with others on this important global day of remembrance for crash victims.

Read on to find out details of your nearest service - as well as an appeal for your support for our investigation campaign, opportunities to get involved, and much more.

With best wishes
From the RoadPeace Team

In this issue:

Supporting families after road death and injury

World Day of Remembrance

Campaign for Justice
Invest in Investigation
The Forgotten Victims

Safer streets for all
RoadPeace Safer Lorries campaign

Get involved
Join the team
Christmas cards
Become a member

Dates for your diary
Baronness Jones relaunches our APPG for Justice on Our Roads at our 2016 AGM
Supporting families after road death and injury
Join a World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims service near you on Sunday 20th November
World Day of Remembrance services and events will be taking place throughout the UK. We hope you are able to join with others in this global day of remembrance for crash victims. If you are not able to attend a service but would like the name of a loved one read out during our London service, please let us know, either by calling the office on  020 7733 1603 or by email.
Join a service near you: 
>> Check online to get the latest service details and to download your invitation
Bath, To be announced, 11am
Kate Uzzell, 01275 341 216

Bedford, St Pauls Church, 3pm  
Alison Panton, 01234 843345

Bwlchgwyn, Christ Church, 3pm                               
Rev Pam Powell, 01978 721083

Cambridge, Addenbrooke's Hospital Chapel, 3pm               
Rev'd Deborah McVey, 01223 410332

Carlisle, Carlisle Cathedral, 3pm                               
The Very Rev'd Mark Boying, 01228 548107

Dronfield St Paul's Methodist Church, 10.30am               
Rita Blackwell, 01246 413592 or 07801 540675

Exeter, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, 2.30pm

Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral, 3pm
Nigel Sharp, 01452 508214      

Halifax, Halifax Minster, 4pm    
Annabelle Bolton, 01422 355 436

Hereford, Hereford Cathedral, 3.30pm 
Revd. Jill Talbot-Ponsonby, 01989 565003

Hull. St Mary's Church, Lowgate,  2.30pm
Allan Robins, 01482 614882

Kidderminster, St Ambrose Church, 12.30pm    
Peter Picken, 01562 637547
Leeds, Leeds Minster, 3pm    
Lauren Scruby, 01484 723649 

Lincoln, St Mary's Church,  3pm      
John Rose, 01522 504063

Liverpool, St George's Hall concert room, 2pm 
Pauline Fielding, 01513426381

London, St James's Church, Piccadilly, 2.30pm     
RoadPeace Office, 020 7733 1603

Northampton, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, 3pm   
Chris and Nicole Taylor,  01604 705171

Preston, Christ Church Chapel, 11.30am               
Helen Fairhurst, 01772537960

Ripon, Ripon Cathedral, 3.30pm
Judith Bustard, 01765 603462

Scofton, nr Worksop, St John's Church, 3pm       
Mrs Anthea Moat, 01909 472324

Shadingfield, Shadingfield Church, 6.30pm
The Rev'd John Loftus, 01502 476257

Sheffield, Upper Chapel, 11am
Judy Hague, 01142686729

Stourbridge, Bethel Chapel, 6pm
Jane Hodges, 01384 892137

Thame, St Mary the Virgin Church, 3pm                
Elizabeth Richardson, 01189 231802

Winchester, Christ Church, 2.30pm        
Sgt Andy Noble, 101 ext: 4624225

Campaign for Justice
Invest in our Investigation campaign
RoadPeace is campaigning for thorough and effective investigations  - without this justice is denied, lawbreakers escape detection, fair compensation is prevented and our understanding of the causes of collisions is compromised and biased. The first phase of the campaign includes surveying the police to establish the extent to which serious collision investigation is resourced, quality assured and reviewed, as well as collating members' experiences - and we would like your your help.

>> Have your say - we would like to hear from crash victims about the quality of their investigation (good and bad). Please contact us to be sent our short survey.

>> Make a donation - we are seeking donations from our members and friends to help fund this first phase and hope to raise £5,000. Please make a donation online today - and help ensure that justice is delivered by the police. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
The forgotten victims
RoadPeace's Justice Watch blog focuses on highlighting the injustice faced by road crash victims. The most recent post was written by guest blogger and RoadPeace member May Hamilton, bereaved when her husband was killed while cycling when a driver opened their car door in his path. This, and previous blog posts can be read on the blog here.

>> If you are a member of RoadPeace and would like to feature as a guest writer on our blog sharing your experiences of injustice then please get in touch.
Tealight bike
Safer streets for all
RoadPeace safer lorries campaign

RoadPeace’s long standing campaign for safer lorries is dedicated to saving the lives of cyclists and pedestrians – and has called for the elimination of lorry blind spots, including through the use of camera and sensor technology and direct vision cabs.

RoadPeace wins grant from CLOCS
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Transport for London’s Construction Logistics and Community Safety to enable us to train and equip a team of survivor advocates to get their voices heard – by policy-makers, coroners, industry and the media. This funding will support us to improve lorry collision investigation and coroner awareness of lorry danger, both of which will reduce future lorry collision fatalities and injuries. More details coming soon...

Hang Back misguided
The Department for Transport has launched a new THINK! road safety campaign on the dangers of cycling on the inside of lorries. But rather than tackle danger at source and remind lorry drivers to take care when overtaking cyclists, the campaign was targeted at cyclists who have no control over a lorry’s actions – and are the potential victim. Cyclists account for less than 10% of those killed in lorry collisions, whilst lorries and their drivers are involved in 100%.

>> RoadPeace is supporting a campaign co-ordinated by our friends at Cycling UK which is urging the DfT to #RethinkThink and withdraw this misguided campaign. Further information about the campaign, and how you can add your support can be found here.
Team Bolt Burdon Kemp at the Royal Parks Half Marathon 2016
Get involved
Join the team as a Volunteer
Whether your interest lies in office admin, fundraising, communications or peer support please consider volunteering for RoadPeace - it is a rewarding way to support and grow our work. We are looking for volunteers to help us in a number of roles including:
  • Office volunteer - helping out with administrative tasks in our office in London
  • Community fundraising volunteer - supporting our amazing fundraisers
  • Befriender and helpline volunteers - supporting  crash victims through our peer support network (full training is provided)
  • Trustees - specifically those with a background in fundraising, PR or communications
>> More information including role descriptions is available on our website.

Send RoadPeace Christmas cards to family and friends this Christmas
We know that Christmas can be a particularly difficult time of the year for many RoadPeace members, but also that many like to support us by sending RoadPeace Christmas cards to friends and family.

>> More information here - all proceeds come directly to RoadPeace, and please note that orders should be placed before 5th December.

Are you a member?
RoadPeace recently published our Autumn newsletter which is sent to members and supporters - and is full of updates and key developments from the criminal and civil justice system of interest to crash victims and campaigners, as well as members' news.

If you'd like to receive a copy of this and future issues, why not join us as a member? We rely on an active and thriving membership to support our work, and now than ever we need to strengthen our voice and our numbers. Please become a member today!
Dates for your Diary
RoadPeace local group meetings
RoadPeace local groups provide an opportunity for peer support and/or local action. Each group is different but all are welcoming of newcomers. Please see below for meeting dates, or where none are listed please contact the local group coordinator for more information.

RoadPeace Exeter group meeting - contact Jeff
RoadPeace London support group meeting - Tuesday 8th November - Friends House Euston
RoadPeace North East group meeting – contact David
RoadPeace North West group meeting - Wednesday 4th January - Mersyside Police HQ
RoadPeace South West group meeting – contact Steve
RoadPeace West Midlands group meeting - Wednesday 16th November - Birmingham Buddhist Centre

Ceremonies of Remembrance
  - World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims - Sunday 20th November
Crash not Accident
Road deaths are no accident. The RoadPeace 'Crash not accident' campaign calls for an end to a language of neglect and denial  - and for policy makers and the media to stop using the word ‘accident’ when referring to road crashes, and to adopt appropriate, constructive and  accurate terminology such as crash or collision.

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