Road Safety charity receives cash boost from West Yorkshire police chiefs (7 June 2018)

A charity supporting victims of road accidents and their families have received a boost with a £5,000 donation to help make the county's roads safer.

West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, (PCC) Mark Burns-Williamson, and Chief Constable, Dee Collins, used monies from the Police Property Act Fund to support BRAKE - more than doubling donations from previous years. The cash from the fund contains money from the sale of property connected with crime and is used for charitable donations.

BRAKE is the national road safety charity, based in Huddersfield, which exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day.

As well as providing care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes, Brake co-ordinates Road Safety Week every November.

The PCC donated £2000 in 2015 and 2016. In 2017/18 a further donation was made, this time from the Police Property Act with the support of the Chief Constable.

Mr Burns-Williamson said: "We know road safety is a significant issue for people and is frequently raised as a concern by members of the public across West Yorkshire.

"Road safety is a priority in the Police and Crime Plan and this donation is in recognition of the exceptional service Brake provides both in prevention and in raising awareness of road safety and supporting victims and witnesses.

"The service they provide both to West Yorkshire Police and bereaved families is vital and this donation will enable their victim services to continue to provide specialist support through their accredited professional helpline support service.

"I am pleased we have been able to increase our donation ensuring the charity's work supporting victims and witnesses and families continues helping make our roads safer for everyone as without donations from PCCs the charity's work would be unable to continue."

Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "Road safety affects everyone in our communities, whether a driver, rider, passenger or pedestrian. We want to reduce the number of serious injury and fatal collisions on the county's roads and continue to work closely with partners to educate and inform drivers of their personal responsibility when behind the wheel.

"Being able to increase our donation to Brake so they can continue their work to support victims and their families, as well as raising awareness around all road safety issues is something I am delighted we are able to do."

Helen Hargrave, Brake's Director of Victim Services, says: 'We are extremely grateful to West Yorkshire PCC for their ongoing support of our helpline and wider victim services, and are honoured to continue working in partnership with the Police & Crime Commissioner, alongside the family liaison officers, to provide specialist support to people bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes.

"In a challenging time of restricted statutory funding, we are especially grateful to have received a boost to this year's donation. We are delighted that West Yorkshire continue to place road safety high on their list of priorities, and we could not continue our work without the support of senior officials such as Mr Burns-Williamson, who continues to champion our cause."

Brake's Annual Reception took place last night (WED) at the Houses of Parliament. The event honoured the tireless work of people campaigning for road safety.

Mr Burns-Williamson joined hundreds of Brake supporters and road safety professionals for the event, including volunteers who campaign and fundraise for Brake, MPs, the road safety minister, and road safety professionals.

This year's reception incorporated the inaugural Brake Family Liaison Officer Awards celebrating the commitment and dedication of family liaison officers' to families bereaved by road crashes.

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