People who have lost loved ones on the roads invited to memorialBy Hugh Fort
November 08, 2012
People who have lost loved ones in road collisions in Bracknell and Wokingham are invited to a special multi-faith ceremony to commemorate their lives this weekend.
The service, organised by Thames Valley Police, will be held on Sunday, November 18, at St Mary the Virgin Church in Thame at 3pm. The service gives people the chance to meet others who have lost family and friends on the region's roads.
Readings will be given by police officers, fire and rescue workers, paramedics, ambulance technicians and hospital staff
The service will be led by David Wilbraham, Force Chaplain of Thames Valley Police.
Monsignor Anthony Wilcox, representing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, will lead the Act of Commemoration.
Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: “The Road Death Memorial Service is always very moving but I know that it also provides a great comfort for those family and friends who have lost loved ones in road traffic collisions.
“We have always held the service in Thame Parish Church, which is a lovely old and peaceful building where the bereaved can spend some special time treasuring memories and finding the strength to move forward. The service brings together all the emergency services and many families from across the area and it is our way in the Thames Valley of marking the United Nations Day of Remembrance.”
Super intendent Chris Brown, head of Roads Policing, said: “The Road Death Memorial Service is held on the third Sunday of November each year in recognition of the tragic loss of life on our roads as part of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
“In 2011 73 people were killed on the roads of Thames Valley and the effect of these collisions is felt by many hundreds of people.
!We aim to offer support to the families of those who have been killed and we organise this service to mark this very important day.”
Force Chaplain, David Wilbraham, added: “The third Sunday of November is set aside by the United Nations as a special day of remembrance for victims of road death.
“However, while clearly a global issue, the death of someone on the roads is intensely personal and impacts greatly on their families and friends.
"This service provides a safe, supportive place for those affected to come together to remember and commemorate their individual loss.
“For some, this service has become an annual event; we welcome them and extend the invitation to others whose lives have been affected by death on the roads to join us.”
The service will be the seventh the force has held and it is thought it is the only service of its kind organised by a police force in the UK.
This is the seventh year that the service has taken place, and it is believed to be the only service of its kind in the UK organised by a police force.
Everyone is welcome to attend the event, and can reserve a space by contacting Elizabeth Richardson on 01189 231802 or, alternatively, email Elizabeth Richardson.