Brake Seeks Adventurous Fundraisers to Trek in Aid of Road Crash Victims

Brake_Mt_Snowdon_fundraiser_Sep13Brake, the road safety charity, is seeking energetic and adventurous fundraisers to sign up now to hold a fundraising trek in aid of its work campaigning for safer roads and supporting road crash victims. By getting sponsored to trek, individuals and groups – from seasoned hikers to teams of colleagues or people seeking a challenge – can help Brake continue its work to bring about safer streets for people on foot and bike and to support people who suffer the devastation of a bereavement or injury on roads.

Brake is appealing to walkers everywhere to trek for Brake this year, in support of the charity’s recently launched campaign to make roads safer for walking and cycling through slower traffic speeds in communities and better pavements, paths and crossings. Read about the GO 20 campaign. www.brake.org.uk/take-action/20splenty.htm

On 28 September Brake supporters will be climbing Mount Snowdon, and Brake is calling on more people to sign up now and join the adventure. This challenge, during which participants will reach the highest peak in Wales, is a great opportunity to get active and fundraise for Brake. Visit www.brake.org.uk/get-moving/trek-for-brake.htm to find out more about the trek, contact Lisa via the details on the flyer (above).

You can also sign up for a trekathon, a marshalled 26-mile trek in the UK or overseas, and find more details about scheduled trekathons at  www.discoveradventure.co.uk.

In 2012, 62 people trekked for Brake, raising a fantastic £20,997 for the charity, including Lisa Henney from Oxford (see below – Lisa, centre, is pictured fundraising for Brake).

Brake provides all fundraisers with a pack containing a t-shirt, sponsorship envelopes, hints and tips on raising funds, and information on Brake’s work.

To trek for Brake, complete our form www.brake.org.uk/fundraise-main/fundraiseregform.htm or contact Lisa Kendall on fundraise@brake.org.uk or 01484 683294. Find out about other fundraisers, plus hints and tips at www.brake.org.uk/fundraise www.brake.org.uk/fundraiseLisa_Henney_Brakefundraiser

Lisa Henney from Oxford last year trekked 26 miles between Winchester and Salisbury cathedrals with her fiancé Tim and friend Chloe, raising over £2,500 in memory of her 18 year-old sister Jan, who was tragically killed in a road crash in January 2012.

Lisa Henney says: “After we lost Jan I felt helpless, knowing there was nothing I could do to change what had happened. My friend Chloe told me about Brake and the work that they do to support families who have been bereaved and we decided to do something positive that might make a difference and help save lives. That’s when we decided to do the trek. It was one of the most physically challenging things I’ve ever done but it was one of my proudest moments and I feel like I made Jan proud too. I’d definitely recommend doing a trek as a great way to challenge yourself and do something positive for others.”

Lisa Kendall, community fundraising manager at Brake, says: “Trekking for Brake is a fantastic way to enjoy the great outdoors in aid of a charity that carries out vital work: supporting families going through unimaginable suffering, and defending everyone’s right to walk safely. By following in the footsteps of people like Lisa, Tim and Chloe you can help us campaign for safer roads and support families devastated by road crashes. If you’re planning a hiking trip this year, you’re a walking club member, or you just love a stroll with friends and family, consider combining your love of walking with fundraising for a great cause. You’ll be helping us continue campaigning for everyone to be able to walk without being endangered.”

For media enquiries, contact Rich Andrew on randrew@brake.org.uk or 01484 550054.

About Brake

Brake www.brake.org.uk is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 63 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes. Brake runs awareness-raising campaigns www.brake.org.uk/campaign, community education www.brake.org.uk/get-involved.htm  programmes, events such as Road Safety Week www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk  (18-24 November 2013), and a Fleet Safety Forum www.fleetsafetyforum.org, providing advice to companies. Brake’s support division www.brake.org.uk/support  cares for road crash victims through a helpline and other services.

Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

Follow Brake on Twitter @brakecharity twitter.com/Brakecharity

Posted by Amy Moylan

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