Thames Valley Police to stream service of remembrance

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A SPECIAL church service of remembrance for those who have lost their lives in road traffic collisions will be been made available to view online from this weekend.

Thames Valley Police usually holds the commemoration so that anyone can attend, but coronavirus restrictions has seen it go virtual.

It aims to support family and friends of those affected.

It was recorded at St Mary The Virgin Church in Thame and led by the force’s chaplain, the Revd Helen Arnold and her assistant, Graham Choldcroft.

A virtual remembrance service has been recorded and will be available to view online to commemorate the lives.

Chief Constable John Campbell attended the service alongside police officers and representatives from the ambulance service and the NHS.

In the service, there is an act of commemoration to remember the names of those who have lost their lives in road traffic collisions.

Superintendent Colin Hudson, head of the Roads Policing Unit for Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary, said: “Sadly, in 2019, 56 people lost their lives on the roads in Thames Valley and another 43 people in Hampshire.

“During the ongoing pandemic it hasn’t been possible to hold our services as we usually would, however, it is important that we remember those who have lost their lives, provide support to their family and friends, and recognise the professionalism and courage of the emergency services.

“Therefore we will have two services available to watch online from Sunday, November 15, and I would encourage the public to take a few moments to join a service.”

Any families who wish to receive an invite to attend future Road Death Memorial Services may contact RDMS@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

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