Carlie Annetts, mother of Troy Parker who was tragically killed in a bicycle accident in Andover, came to the House of Commons with her daughter Stevie, and pupils and teachers from John Hanson School. They were supporting Eric Martlew's Private Members Bill to make it compulsory for children to wear crash helmets when they ride bicycles. Carlie spoke at a Press Conference and explained what had happened to Troy, and why she wanted other children and parents to be spared what she went through.
"I admired Carlie's courage in speaking at the conference and giving interviews afterwards; it must have been very difficult for her, and everyone was moved by what she said."
The Bill will get a Second Reading in April, but it is not yet certain whether the Government will support it.
"I hope they do. Making crash helmets compulsory on motorbikes has saved lives, as has making it compulsory to wear seat belts in cars. I wear a crash helmet when I am on a bike because I know it makes sense. Children are unable to make those judgements and we need to make it for them."