Accidents are the biggest threat to you and your family for most your life. In fact, more than 14,000 people die as a result of accidents across the UK each year, while thousands more are maimed and millions are injured. Businesses are ruined. Families are devastated. Children grow up without parents, parents without children.
Yet despite the scale and severity of the problem, accidents are still too often discussed with a shrug of the shoulders. There is a pervasive belief amongst some people that accidents are somehow inevitable. That they can’t be stopped.
Imagine if we took the same attitude towards child abuse. Or cancer.
For almost 100 years, RoSPA has been quietly working behind the scenes to change both legislation and attitudes surrounding accidents. From the compulsory wearing of seatbelts and the campaign to stop drink driving, to the Cycling Proficiency Test and to the more recent ban on handheld mobile phones behind the wheel, RoSPA has been instrumental in shaping our society for the better, preventing millions of deaths and serious injuries along the way.
As a registered charity, we are committed to continuing this legacy of change. Through our varied activities – campaigning, carrying out research, influencing legislation, informing and educating, auditing and providing expert consultancy to businesses – we have maintained our position as the leading advocates for the wellbeing of families everywhere, helping to put an end to unnecessary suffering at work, on the road, in the home, and at leisure as we strive to achieve our mission: To save lives and reduce injuries.
While we know there is still much hard work to be done, we are confident that with your help and the support of our members, we will overcome the challenges ahead of us and build a global community where no family need suffer the anguish and heartache of an accident that didn’t need to happen