Ross Paterson was a typical young man, full of life and aspirations and with his whole life ahead of him.
In the early hours of the 16 March 2014, Ross aged just 23 years of age, was tragically killed on the O’Bridge Viaduct in Taunton, as he walked home from a night out.
Ross was no different from any other young man or woman out in town that night, but the decision he took to walk home alone, tragically cost him his life and ripped his family’s life apart.
Ross’ family couldn’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through the pain and loss that they had suffered so they set up a charity in his memory – Get Home Safe.
Get Home Safe’s aim is to raise awareness about the importance of staying safe on nights out and having a plan for getting home safe. They want to educate young people and parents, siblings, partners, and friends, to give them sound advice to ensure that everyone gets home safe.
Charlotte Pitman, one of the trustees has spoken with Tone News:
Get Home Safe is a simple, common sense, but important message. We say it to our friends and family every day and our aim as a charity is to help embed that simple mental checklist in people’s minds, to make sure they get home safely.
Get Home Safe has helped hundreds of people to think about how they can put a few simple plans in place to make sure that they get home safe.
The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that nights out are not as commonplace at the moment, but the principals are still the same, wherever it is that you’re returning home from.