A CHARITY set up to help people in the aftermath of road tragedies needs more people to staff its helpline or it will have to shut it down.
SCARD (Support and Care After Road Death) needs more volunteers to run its phone helpline.
The SCARD phoneline now operates 365 days a year between 9am and 9pm.
Bereaved people and those injured in road accidents can seek emotional and practical support.
SCARD founder Carole Whittingham said: “Unless we are able to recruit more volunteers this essential service will have to close.
“Full training is provided to all volunteers. On successful completion of their training, volunteers will then be asked – at absolutely no expense to themselves apart from their time – to be available between agreed hours in their own homes to offer support to any callers to our helpline.
“Our organisation was founded in 1993. Since then we have continually helped those relatives and friends affected by the death or injury to a loved one through road traffic accidents.’’
SCARD is funded solely by donations and fundraising.
Carole added: “We also offer totally free professional counselling from our specialist rooms at our premises in Mirfield to assist the bereaved, injured victims or witnesses come to terms with the trauma they are dealing with.’’
Anyone who can help should contact SCARD on 0845 1235543 and ask for Sue or Peter or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org