More than 60 people attended a presentation of the Queens Award for Voluntary Services to the Road Victims Trust at Bedfordshire Police Headquarters.
The presentation, on Wednesday, July 30, was made by HM Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis in recognition of the work of counselling volunteers who provide emotional and practical support to persons affected by road death in Bedfordshire.
The Road Victims Trust is a registered charity, based in Kempston, which has worked in Bedfordshire since 1995, and more latterly extended the services across Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
Present on the night were several families who had suffered the trauma of road death, and had subsequently received support from the trust.
Chief executive Mark Turner said: “This is a wonderful accolade and such a fitting tribute to our magnificent volunteer workforce and highly skilled staff. We are thrilled to receive the award and will continue to do all we can to provide support to persons at their lowest possible ebb.”
Chief Constable of Bedfordshire, Colette Paul QPM, was present on the night and added her own tribute.
She said: “The work of the volunteers and the trust as a whole is magnificent. Bedfordshire Police are delighted to be partners and to support those affected by road death.”
Presenting the award to volunteers Sarah Gilbert and Trevor Pocock, HM Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis paid glowing tribute to the commitment and motivation of the 30 volunteers working for the trust.
To learn more about the work of the Road Victims Trust please visit www.rvtrust.org.uk. The trust seeks volunteers to enable the services to continue and is interested in attracting corporate sponsors and supporters.
The night also launched a short film of the trust’s work, made by student Anna Patterson. To see this film use link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5WnIyXhwP4&feature=youtu.be