Denise’s mission to save lives

Granny Kathleen McCauley, mum Denise and Claire Kelly.  (1312JB152)
Granny Kathleen McCauley, mum Denise and Claire Kelly. (1312JB152)

A Dungiven mum whose “kind and generous” daughter was tragically killed in a road traffic collision is campaigning to save lives so no other mother has to suffer the “crushing anguish” she has.

Denise McAuley’s daughter, Claire Kelly (pictured right) died after a night out with friends on December 11, 2011. She was 20 years old, and today would be turning 22.

“I lost Claire, and I miss her terribly, but I hope to carry on the message and save other lives,” said Denise, who has helped produce a road safety DVD. The DVD will be launched during Road Safety Week later this year, and was made by local Dungiven group Benbradagh Community Support and a number of other agencies.

Denise hopes other people will learn life-long lessons from the project for generations to come.

“It is my hope the young people involved in this project, and those who see it, can take the message of how important it is to be responsible for their own road safety,” said Denise, “and to think before they act. I don’t want anyone else going through what I did.”