Charity Spotlight: Brake the Road Safety Charity

Brake and Birchall Blackburn continue to work together in 2021 on a range of activities including the launch of a new guide for people seriously injured in road crashes and through sponsorship of Brake’s helpline. Brake’s Fundraising Director Katie Shephard wrote a guest post explaining exactly how the charity supports families and campaigns for safer roads in local communities…

So who is Brake and why is Birchall Blackburn supporting them?

Brake is a road safety charity working with communities and organisations across the UK to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, to make streets and communities safer for everyone and to support people bereaved and seriously injured on roads.

Every day in the UK, five people die on roads and about 60 more are seriously injured, causing needless loss of life and inflicting terrible suffering.

Brake works to stop these tragedies and support people left bereaved and injured. They also work to end the danger, threat and pollution from traffic that blights communities and affects families across the UK. They have been working since 1995 to make a difference across the UK.

How does Brake help local communities?

Brake’s vision is a world where everyone moves in a safe and healthy way. They believe that safe and healthy mobility is everyone’s human right wherever we are; in cities, towns, villages or moving between places.  They promote road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies through campaigns, community engagement, and through the provision of information and advice for organisations operating fleets of vehicles and road safety professionals.  You can find out more about the charity at

Brake also provides essential support to people across the UK devastated by road death and serious injury to help them in their darkest hours.  

Brake runs an accredited, expert helpline which is funded, in part, by Birchall Blackburn.  It also provides support literature to help bereaved and seriously injured road crash victims cope with their grief, deal with bewildering practical matters and access the help they need. Its helpline supports more than 500 families a year and our support packs are handed to families by police following every UK road death.

If you’ve been affected by a road crash and need expert advice from Brake, you can ring its helpline on 0808 8000 401 or visit Victim Support for more information.

Brake Fundraising Director Katie ShephardKatie Shepherd is a Fundraising and Development Director at Brake. Katie has been working at Brake, the road safety charity, for more than 12 years.  She predominantly works with companies who are dedicated to road safety and who support Brake to achieve its vision of zero deaths on the road.  Katie is passionate about raising awareness about making the roads safer and supporting people affected by road crashes.communities, please visit or call 01484 559909.

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