A charity which provides support for people who have been bereaved as a result of road collisions is to benefit from a grant of £1000 from a local county councillor.

County Councillor Robin Parker (Chells) has awarded the money from his locality budget to the Road Victims Trust, which provides immediate, one-to-one emotional and practical support from specially-trained volunteers for people who have been bereaved in this way.

The Trust, which helped more than 500 people in Luton and Bedfordshire in 2009, is now looking to extend the service in Stevenage and Knebworth. The funding from Cllr Parker will help to cover the cost of establishing the support group in this area.

A total of £10,000 is available to each of the 77 members of Hertfordshire County Council to spend on worthwhile community projects in their area.

Cllr Parker said:

The Trust offers a specialised support service for people who have been devastated by the death of a friend, family member or colleague. This is a volunteer-based charity which receives no statutory funding, and which I am pleased to support on behalf of the local community through my locality budget.

Locality budgets were launched in July 2009, with funding to be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. For information on how to apply for funding under the scheme, visit www.hertsdirect.org and type ‘locality budgets’ into the search box.