A Bedford based charity, the Road Victims Trust (RVT) have announced that Helen Nellis, H M Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, will be their patron.
Speaking of her patronage of the RVT she said: “It is my great honour to support the work of the Road Victims Trust and to salute the incredible contribution they make to helping families cope with the tragic loss of loved ones.”
The RVT provide free emotional and practical support to people affected by road deaths in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Last year alone they supported over 500 people emanating from the 85 deaths on the roads of the three counties.
Chief executive of the RVT, Mark Turner, said: “Each year there will be between 15-20 deaths on the roads of Bedfordshire causing untold misery to those left behind.
“The Lord Lieutenant had provided unwavering support to the RVT for many years and we are proud to work alongside her”
The RVT have a unique relationship with all three police forces in the area they cover, meaning they are made aware of each fatal collision and those who may need support.
A face to face counselling service is then offered for as long as is needed. To find out more about the work of the Road Victims Trust, visit www.rvtrust.org.uk.