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Daughters create support group for loved ones of road accident victims

The daughters of a Driffield man who lost his life in a road traffic collision last year has set up a support group for others who have been through similar experiences.

Dave Lewis lost his life after his grey Yamaha motorcycle collided with a yellow Peugeot car on the A614 between Middleton-on-the-Wolds and Market Weighton on Sunday 19th September 2021.

Sadly, the 49-year-old sustained fatal injuries, whilst his partner, Sue, who was riding pillion, suffered life-threatening injuries.

The plan is for us to meet up regularly and share our experiences and hopefully help each other. Hearing how others have coped I think will help everyone, me included.”

dave lewis’ daughter jessica

His daughters, 25-year-old Jessica and Sarah, 30, have since formed Their Last Journey, a support group to help others who have lost loved ones in road traffic collisions.

Jessica told the Wolds Weekly that the group has garnered a lot of interest since it was formed on Facebook.

She said that she founded the group after finding that other counselling groups she attended didn’t help her to deal with her grief.

Jessica said: “It’s been a really difficult few months for our family since my dad died.

“I have been referred for counselling and attended some bereavement support groups, but I found that the majority of people who attended did so because they had lost loved ones through illness.

“Obviously that is still sad and awful for them, but my dad’s death was so unexpected and sudden.
“I felt like I couldn’t relate to others as much, so I decided to create my own group.

Dave Lewis and his daughter Jessica

“I created Their Last Journey on Facebook and so far have around 100 members, mainly from East Yorkshire and the surrounding area, but there are also a few from South Yorkshire.

“The name maybe sounds slightly morbid; however it relates to exactly what happened to our loved ones and came to me almost instantly.

“The plan is for us to meet up regularly and share our experiences and hopefully help each other. Hearing how others have coped I think will help everyone, me included.”

Jessica has been in talks with Seaways Café in Fridaythorpe, a popular bike café where Dave was a regular.
She has arranged for an in-person meeting for Their Last Journey members on Saturday 26th March.

“The group was founded on Facebook, but not everyone is on social media, so I am hoping to spread the word of Their Last Journey through the newspaper and by distributing leaflets at various places,” Jessica added.

“The feedback I have had so far has been amazing and hopefully it will continue.

“Seaways Café is popular with bikers and since my dad enjoyed going there and he was on his motorbike when he died, it felt a suitable location.

“The owners have been really supportive so far and have given ideas to Sarah and I going forward.”

Full details on Their Last Journey meetings will be published in due course. For more information about the group, find it on Facebook or call Jessica on 07990 336203.

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