A FATHER who lost his son in a road accident has praised a local charity for ‘helping his family adjust to a new life’.
Following the death of his son Jamie in 2006, Mike McKeegan and his family received support from Bedfordshire charity the Road Victims’ Trust.
A counsellor from the charity visited the McKeegans in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy and offered support including sorting out a death certificate and preparing them for the inquest.
Mr McKeegan said: “Fairly soon after the accident they contacted us and said they were there for support.
“They sent a volunteer to see us, at the time my wife was very positive about it but from a male English point of view I wasn’t altogether on board at first.
“The volunteer, who we only know as Trevor, came to see us on a weekly basis every Monday and helped us to know what to expect with the inquest and then the funeral, also with getting the death certificate.”
He added: “They were there to listen and help as support and get us through it.
“We just wanted to get back to normal but they helped me realise that there is no normal for me anymore and the normal that I knew before September 1 2006 is never going to be the same again.”
And Mike is throwing his support behind a new partnership between the Road Victims Trust and Grant Palmer buses, which will see the charity’s advertisement appear on the back of some buses and on Grant Palmer bus tickets.
He said: “As a family we have raised between £25,000 and £30,000 and everything helps.
“This happens to 30 families in Bedfordshire every year.”