Mum who lost son in car accident organises remembrance service

St. Mary's Church Westham nr. Eastbourne August 28th 2012 E35078N_corrected ENGSUS00120120828164818
St. Mary's Church Westham nr. Eastbourne August 28th 2012 E35078N_corrected ENGSUS00120120828164818
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A mother who lost her son in a road accident has organised a special remembrance service in Westham next week.

Gill Powell, 67, from Westham, has organised the special service for victims of traffic accidents in association with the charity Roadpeace.

Gill’s son Lee was just 15-years-old when he and his friend Gareth Richards, 18, died in a car crash in Pevensey Bay on November 2, 1996.

Gill said, “It was 19 years ago on Tuesday. I was put in touch with Roadpeace back when it first happened by the police liaison officer. It was all rather new back then but they really helped me at the time.

“Back then there were some people offering counselling if you had lost a husband but not if you had lost a child. Certainly not if you lost a child in a RTA.

“It does help if you can speak with somebody who can understand what you are feeling.”

Gill hopes her work with Roadpeace will help to make people aware of their driving. She said, “If I can help prevent one accident it is worth it.

“I just wish I had been involved with it before what happened to Lee.”

The service will be held at St Mary’s Church in Westham on Sunday, November 15, at 9.45am to mark the international day of remembrance for road traffic accident victims.

It will be attended by representatives of the fire and ambulance services as well as the deputy mayor of Eastbourne but is open to anyone who has lost a friend or loved one on the road

At the service oakleaves with the name, age and date of victims of road accidents will collected and blessed at the service.

The cards can be written on the day or before the service or can be obtained from Gill before the service.

Gill can reached on 01323 847714 for those who cannot attend but would like a loved one remembered on an oakleaf.

More details of the international day of remembrance for road traffic accident victims can be found on the Roadpeace website.

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