A local charity- The Road Victims Trust (RVT)- have teamed up with Bedfordshire businessman, Ismail Anilmis, to raise funds to support families and individuals who have been bereaved by a fatal road collision and to promote road safety.
The RVT is a Bedfordshire based charity that provides free emotional and practical support to bereaved persons across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. In the past 12 months the RVT has provided bespoke counselling support to over 550 people who have been affected by a road death.
Ismail Anilmis owns the franchise for the McDonalds Restaurant at Aspects Leisure Centre in Newnham Avenue, Bedford. On Saturday 22nd July 2017 a fundraising day will be held in support of the RVT. Additionally the staff at the Restaurant will be holding a child-friendly Fun Day in the overflow carpark at Aspects with a variety of different events and attractions.
Speaking about his support for the RVT, Ismail said “I am delighted to lend my support to a locally based charity who do so much to give support to people whose lives have been shattered by a road death”
Running alongside this event will be a road safety awareness day, supported by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service , Bedfordshire Police , Bedford Borough Council, DHL Express Couriers and Highways England held at Barkers Lane Community Fire-station, Bedford. The event runs from 1100hrs- 1600hrs and all members of the public are invited along to attend.
A number of road safety demonstrations and interactive facilities will be on display to educate those attending.
Speaking about the whole day the RVT Fundraising manager, Kay Marter, said “It is a shocking fact that between 80-90 people will be killed on the roads of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire each year. We know that the early intervention of RVT Counsellors can have a hugely beneficial effect on the ability of the person to start to cope and recover”
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Glen Ranger, a patron of the RVT, said “We are delighted to work in partnership with the RVT. Their work in providing unique support to people in our community is both essential and humbling”
Pictured are, from left to right, Ismail Anilmis ( McDonalds Franchise holder) Mark Turner ( Chief Executive of RVT) Glen Ranger ( Deputy Chief Fire Officer) Kay Marter ( RVT Fundraising Manager)and Ali Smith ( McDonalds Regional Operations Manager)