Road death charity plea

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THE mother of a man who was killed by a drunk joyrider is appealing for volunteers to join the charity she set up.

Carole Whittingham’s son Steven, 27, was tragically killed just yards from his Halifax Road home, in High Street, Heckmondwike, in January 1992.

The driver, who had stolen the car, was high on drink and drugs and did not hold a licence.

He was sentenced to three years in prison but was released just 13 months later.

Carole formed SCARD (Support and Care After Road Death and Injury) soon after Steven died.

The charity, which is based in King Street, Mirfield, supports people who have been affected by road death and injury.

But a shortage of volunteers has put the charity in jeopardy.

Carole said: “We decided to set up a dedicated helpline for people to ring who had lost a loved one and needed to talk to someone who had experience, so they could get some practical support. “We have a small bank of five volunteers at the moment and ideally we need a lot more than that.

“We run the helpline from 9am-9pm, 365 days a year that will be in jeopardy unless we can recruit more staff.”

Carole teamed up with four friends to set-up SCARD, using her home as a base.

The charity has since expanded and the Mirfield base has office space and two counselling rooms, staffed by professional counsellors.

Carole added: “Volunteers don’t have to have experienced a loss, we just need people who have empathy and are good listeners. And the beauty of it is that they can work from home. We just divert a line to their home phone.

“I know I can rely on the kind people of Yorkshire to be generous and give us their time and support.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can call SCARD on 0845 123 5541/43. The helpline number is 0845 123 5542.