ROADPEACE West Midlands has received The King’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The West Midlands local support group meets in Birmingham and is attached to RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims.
The group is made up of family members who have been suddenly and devastatingly bereaved through road crashes.
They provide vital support to others who experience this type of bereavement, raise awareness of the impact of road death, and campaign for change.
The Kings Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.
RoadPeace West Midlands is one of 262 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.
Representatives of RoadPeace West Midlands will receive the award crystal and certificate from Sir John Crabtree, Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands.
In addition, longstanding coordinator, Lucy Harrison, and former facilitator, Jane Evans, will attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May or June 2024, alongwith other recipients of this year’s Award.
The West Midlands Group Coordinator, Lucy, said: “Nine years ago when my brother was killed by a speeding hit-and-run driver, I really didn’t know how I would cope.
“The RoadPeace West Midlands group have become the family I never knew I needed, and I am proud to lead them.
“Each member of the group has been through unimaginable tragedy, yet they give their all to helping others.
“We all feel the lives of our loved ones have been recognised with this award and it has spurred us on to keep working for road crime to be viewed as real crime.
“We are hugely grateful to Rector Jeremy Allcock and Juliette Farrell from St. Martin in the Bull Ring, who have been of incredible support to our group and nominated us for this award.”