Families of people who have lost their lives on the road to take part in special services
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Families of people who have lost their lives on the road will take part in special services this weekend to commemorate their loved ones.
The Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary and Thames Valley Police will be holding two memorial services to support the families and friends of those who have died as a result of collisions on our roads.
The dedicated services will be held in Winchester and Thame on Sunday 19 November, which coincides with the United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight service will be held at 2.30pm in Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Winchester, and will be led by Revd Dom Jones.
The Thames Valley service will take place at 2.30pm in St Mary the Virgin Church, Church Road, Thame, Oxfordshire, and will be led by Revd Helen Arnold.
Also attending the services will be local dignitaries, roads policing officers and personnel from fire and ambulance services who all wish to pay their respects those who have lost their lives on the roads.
Families and friends who have been bereaved as a result of road traffic collisions are also invited to attend the services in remembrance of their loved ones.
Chief Inspector Emma Hart, of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said: "A death on our roads doesn't just affect those involved in the collision, it creates a devastating ripple which touches bereaved family, friends, colleagues and more.
"It is important we hold these services to remember those who have lost their lives. It is also an opportunity to recognise the professionalism and courage demonstrated by the officers who have to attend the scenes of these collisions."
Revd Dom Jones added: "These annual services are of the utmost importance to the bereaved families and friends who have lost a loved one on our roads.
"I know that those who attend take immense comfort from meeting others in similar situations and having everybody come together to pay their joint respects."
All are welcome to attend however due to church capacity we would therefore request that those wishing to attend please contact first.
For those wishing to attend the Hampshire service, contact us by emailing [email protected]