In 2012 a total of 79 people died on the roads across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and many more were seriously injured.
What began as an ordinary day for 13 families in Bedfordshire, 31 families in Cambridgeshire and 35 families in Hertfordshire, setting off for work, shopping, school or other activities, ended in their worst nightmare: a knock on the door from a police officer with the unenviable task of telling them that one of their loved ones was dead.
The RVT works in partnership with the police and HM Coroners, taking over from them the support of the bereaved and anyone else who is affected by the road death. We know that you may be at the start of a very difficult journey, a journey with no map. We are familiar with the shock, the disbelief, the pain, the anger, the horror, the loneliness and the devastation you are suffering. We can support and guide you through your grief, and enable you to make the practical decisions facing you in the coming weeks and months.
Grief is an essential process, but we know that grief caused by violent, unexpected death affects everyone differently. Our sensitive, personal and entirely confidential services are provided by a team of highly skilled and committed volunteers, all of whom have had intensive training and experience in what you are going through now.
Our support can take a number of forms; information provision, emotional support and legal advice. Our volunteers include a group of barristers and solicitors across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire with experience in dealing with all of the legal issues arising out of road crashes. The services we provide are:
- free and confidential
- offered to individuals and families
- available for a single occasion, for example at the Coroner’s Court, or for regular weekly meetings