December 19 2013 Latest news:
By James Podesta
Friday, October 4, 2013
A car boot sale and family disco raised more than £600 for a safety barrier on a dangerous stretch of Fens road.
The events were held at the Ivy Leaf Club, Whittlesey, to raise awareness and money for a barrier at North Bank between Whittlesey and Peterborough.
It was organised by Donald and Jayne Cliffe, whose brother Lesley George was killed in a crash at the North Bank in March 2008.
Campaigners have pledged to raise £15,000 towards the total cost of £45,000 for a 250m stretch of barrier at the black spot.
They have raised more than £5,000 towards the barrier since June, including £1,500 from a sponsored swim at Peterborough’s outdoor pool.
Peterborough City Council will contribute £15,000 and the remaining £15,000 will be found through corporate sponsorship.
The Roe Group, where Mr George worked, has already made a donation.
Graham Chappell, campaign leader, said: “It was a fantastic day. Those who came had a brilliant time.
“The generosity of the Ivy Leaf Club in hosting the event was greatly appreciated, as was the support of many local businesses who donated prices to the raffle.
“We are organising a darts and pool tournament to raise further funds for the barrier, which will be a lifesaver on a notorious piece of road.”
The Fenland Road Safety Campaign (Charlotte’s Way) was founded by Mr Chappell following the death of his friend Andy Walker’s daughter Charlotte along the Sixteen Foot in February 2008.
Nine-year-old Charlotte died when the car she was travelling in left the road and plunged into the water near Bedlam Bridge.
Since then Mr Chappell and his team of campaigners have fought tirelessly for road safety improvements on Fenland’s notoriously dangerous roads.
They have pushed for more safety barriers, hazard warning signs and speed regulation on the Fen’s river roads.
They believe more should be done to promote safer driving to young people, which they say will reduce road fatalities.
Charlotte’s Way supports other road safety focused campaigns, groups and individuals, as well as some national road safety organisations and charities.
They work in partnership with road safety departments and individuals in local authority highways teams and the emergency services.
Charlotte’s Way has organised a series of charity events which have raised many thousands of pounds.
Their greatest success so far was the successful four-year campaign to have a barrier installed at Bedlam Bridge near March, near to where Charlotte was killed.
They gave £6,000 towards a barrier at Bedlam Bridge which was completed in December last year, with Cambridgeshire County Council contributing the bulk of the cash.
NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay also played a pivotal role in the Bedlam Bridge campaign.
He persuaded Roads Minister Mike Penning to visit Bedlam Bridge in 2011 to see how the barriers might work.