Lottery funding boost for Wirral group helping road crash victims and their families (From Wirral Globe)
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Lottery funding boost for Wirral group helping road crash victims and their families
A WIRRAL organisation helping road accident victims and their families has been given a major cash boost from the Big Lottery Fund.
Bromborough-based Aftermath Support Limited has been allocated £294,590 from the fund’s "Reaching Communities" programme to continue its work helping grief-stricken families of people killed or seriously hurt in traffic accidents.
The money is a share of a £5,69m Big Lottery Fund programme for the North West.
Aftermath Support can give grants of more than £10,000 to those deemed most in need and is also committed to raising public awareness of the devastation road traffic collisions cause to victims and their families.
The Lotto cash will enable the recruitment and training of 30 new volunteers to help and support 1,100 Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire families whose lives have been shattered as a result of highway collisions.
The new volunteers – recruited locally - will provide sensitive and emotional support and advice about a range of issues from registering a death and how to arrange a funeral to dealing with solicitors and probate and how a coroner’s inquest works.
They will also learn about disability benefits and compensation, counsellors and support groups..
Aftermath Support manager Jackie Briscoe said: “The aim is to provide a bespoke service to all victims of road collisions.
“All of these people are dealing with sudden trauma, and in many cases sudden bereavement and a judicial process, so it's very important that they get the right support at the right time for them."
She added: “Obtaining this Lottery grant ensures our viability and provides a life-line for people dealing with the sudden loss or severe injury of a loved one.”
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