A charity which provides emotional and practical support to those affected by road accidents has also been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The Road Victims Trust, based in Kempston, heard it had received the nation’s highest award for voluntary organisations on Monday.
Chief executive Mark Turner said: “Everyone here is thrilled and humbled that the amazing work of our staff and volunteers has been recognised in such a fashion.
“Our counselling volunteers, supported by highly-skilled and dedicated co-ordinators, provide support to so many people who are at their lowest possible ebb. We support them for as long as they feel necessary, no matter how long that takes.”
The charity was founded in 1995 to help those affected by grief and trauma of a road death. This includes family, friends and colleagues of the victim and accident witnesses. In 2013-2014 it provided support to 207 people.
Mr Turner added: “We are all extremely grateful for the skill and compassion volunteers give to their work, many of whom have been with us for a number of years.
“The manner in which we provide support is unique nationally, and we are very proud of this.”
The trust is looking for new counselling volunteers. For more details, visit www.rvtrust.org.uk