Lauren Danks

Claire Danks daughter

Thursday 10th November 2016 started like any other Thursday. Lauren’s 3 younger brothers went off to school. Lauren and I went off to our morning yoga class before Laurens shift at Center Parcs spa. Lauren had just been promoted so that evening would be her first late shift as a senior therapist and we could not of been prouder of her.

Then that evening our world was torn apart. As we sat on the sofa I remember my husband Robert saying Lauren should be home soon. As the time got closer to 11:00pm we knew something was wrong. I rang Laurens mobile but it was off. Immediately we became concerned. Robert drove off too look for Lauren on her route home. I remember pacing up and down the living room knowing something was wrong. Then about 45 minutes later Robert called to say Lauren had been in an accident and to wait there as he was coming home. My whole body filing with fear thinking Lauren was on her way to the hospital and Robert was coming to get me. A police car pulled up as Robert stepped out his face white with pain and tears running down his face he took my hands saying Lauren was dead. At this time emotionally paralysed our life stopped.

A drink driver hit Lauren. Driving at speeds of 124mph as his car hit Laurens car at 104mph the impact catapulted her off the road hitting a road sign causing fatal injuries. Knowing what had happened the driver failed to stop and continued driving almost 2 miles on 3 wheels where he then called a friend to pick him up. The driver was sentenced 7 years only having to serve half the sentence in prison.

It was our Liaison Officer who informed us that the RVT would contact us. Our counsellor came to our home to support our family and continues to do so, every step of the way, week by week, through the court case answering any of our questions. It’s the one place there was no mask on and we could be honest about how we are. This helped us to understand the roller coaster of emotions. We often referred to being in a fog a confusion of madness, which we were assured it’s a normal part of shock and grief. Not knowing how to continue the RVT have been a huge part in helping us as a family at the worst time. They have given us the tools to help rebuild a new life for our family together. I do believe this would not of been possible to do without the support from our counsellor.

To be asked to be part of the RVT is an honour. To support the charity so they can go on supporting other families at the worst time of their life, to bring awareness of the dangers on the road in memory of our daughter Lauren.