SCARD needs support – or faces the axe

A ROAD safety charity is appealing for volunteers to help staff its telephone hotline or it could risk closing.

The SCARD (Support and Care After Road Death) helpline is a vital service that is available 365 days a year between 9am and 9pm.

Bereaved and injured callers seek emotional and practical support when they call the helpline and all the charity is asking is that volunteers devote a few hours a week within the operating times to provide this service.

Full training is provided to all volunteers. On successful completion of their training, volunteers will then be asked, at absolutely no expense to themselves, apart from their time, to be available between agreed hours in their own homes to offer support to any callers to our helpline.

The charity was founded in 1993 by Rastrick woman Carole Whittingham who set up the charity after her 27-year-old son Steven was killed by a stolen car on January 30, 1992. The car thief was driving at high speed on the wrong side of the road when he hit Steven’s vehicle.

Since then the charity has continually helped those relatives and friends affected by the death or injury to a loved one through road traffic accidents.

Carole said: “Our charity is funded solely by the generosity of the general public. Funds are provided either by direct donations, or through many innovative fund raising events organised to raise money by the local public’s sponsoring of the events. SCARD receives no local or national Government funding.

“We also offer totally free professional counselling from our specialist rooms at our premises in Mirfield, West Yorkshire to assist the bereaved, injured victims, or witnesses come to terms with the trauma they are dealing with.

“If you feel that you are able to help but you need further information, please contact us at our office by calling 0845 1235543 and ask for Sue or Peter or e-mail”

Carole received an MBE at Buckingham Palace in London in November last year for her campaigning for road safety.