New venue for annual service remembering road crash victims
16:48 13 November 2012
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Bereaved families will come together this weekend for a service remembering loved ones killed on the roads.
The annual service marking the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims will be held at Ely Cathedral for the first time on Sunday.
About 300 people attended last year’s event at St John’s Cathedral, in Norwich, and organiser Liz Voysey hopes to attract similar numbers this time.
Mrs Voysey, a representative of the RoadPeace charity, said: “It is open to people of all faiths or none, who have lost a loved one in a road death, or are just kind enough and wish to support us by attending.
“It is a very rare opportunity for us all to be together and to know we are not alone and that we share many of the emotions attached to this unique type of grief.”
Mrs Voysey, from Dereham, first attended the service seven years ago after her 19-year-old daughter, Amy Upcraft, was killed by a speeding driver on the A47 at North Tuddenham in 2004.
She began campaigning for tougher action on motorists who cause fatal crashes when the driver involved in Amy’s crash was given a £300 fine and seven points on his licence.
“There is often anger, frustration and a deep sense of betrayal when the deaths of our loved ones are not even acknowledged and the person who kills them walks away unchallenged with little or no punishment for taking the lives of one of our family,” she added.
“This service is important because it is a public acknowledgement of our tragic loss and also serves to remind the rest of society that these tragedies can and do happen to anyone at any time without warning.”
Mrs Voysey organises the service alongside Bridget Wall, who lost her only son Adam in a crash on the A47 at Wisbech in November 2002.
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, on every third Sunday of November, was first observed by RoadPeace in 1993. It was endorsed by the United Nations as a global day in 2005 and events will be held around the globe on Sunday.
The Ely service begins at 4pm and photographs of some of the crash victims will be on display.
Families will also have the chance to write the name and details of their loved ones on paper oak leaves which are then offered up to the altar.
To submit a photograph or to find out more, call Mrs Voysey on 01362 697617 or Mrs Wall on 01366 382433.