Families and friends of road crash victims in the North East now have a dedicated space where they can remember their loved ones, as a memorial garden in Hemlington opens today (21 November).
The new garden, at the Community Safety Hub of Cleveland Police, creates a peaceful place for victims to be able to attend at any time, and will be officially opened with a short service of remembrance at 3pm this afternoon.
A rose, donated by David Austin Roses and used during the recent annual service of remembrance for road crash victims in Durham Cathedral, was planted next to a plaque crafted by William Lane Foundry.
David Robinson, chairman of RoadPeace North East and a specialist road accident solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “A road death is sudden and unnatural with immeasurable impact on families and communities. It causes deep shock and an inability to comprehend the magnitude of what has happened, which only changes slowly and with time. Having a permanent fixture in the North East that families can visit to perhaps start to process what has happened and to take time for quiet contemplation, away from the turmoil their everyday life will be in can we hope help in some small way.”
“Launching this space during Road Safety Week is a reminder of the need for ongoing education and enforcement in respect of road dangers. We all hope that one day the list of names remembered stops growing at its current heart breaking rate.”
Everyone is welcome to attend today’s service at the Community Safety Hub: 1 Cliffland Way, Hemlington, TS8 9GL