Friends raise road safety awareness

TWO friends have raised awareness about road safety after one of their pals was in a collision with a car.

Sophie Crisp and Kelsey Gray, both formerly of The Heath but who now study at Priestley College in Warrington, were inspired to come up with a campaign after their friend lost her memory following the incident.

“It was horrible to see her like that and she couldn’t remember who we were,” said Kelsey, who studies Health and Social Care, Photography and Children’s Play, Learning and Development.

“We wanted to do something to raise awareness and try to make sure a similar thing doesn’t happen again.”

Sophie and Kelsey volunteered to complete a four-week programme with the National Citizen Service during their summer holidays including a two-week residential. The service is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds and is designed to help them build skills for work and life.

It was during this time their friend was involved in the incident and they were inspired to create a radio advert that was broadcast during National Road Safety Week.

Their advert – which was supported by Halton Borough Council and charity vInspired – began with two friends talking before the screech of a car and a bang are heard.

Sophie, who studies Health and Social Care, Photography and Creative Writing at Priestley, said: “We are really pleased with how the advert turned out and thankful to everyone who helped us to put it together.”

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