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Police get on their bikes for 130 mile charity ride
5:00pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
TEN police officers will be getting on their bikes for a 130 mile cycle to raise funds for the families of officers killed during their duties.
PC Richard Whitehead and PCSO Maurizion Lucchessi, from Warrington South NPU and Sgt Graham Robinson, from Warrington Central NPU, are among those taking part.
The officers, who all work in Warrington, Runcorn or Widnes, will be cycling to all of the force’s 18 staffed police stations to raise money for Care of Police Survivors.
The charity helps the families of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty to rebuild their lives. It makes sure families remain part of the ‘police family’.
Officers will start the 12 hour cycle on Wednesday at the headquarters in Winsford and will call at Great Sankey Police Station in the early evening before calling at Risley, Arpley Street and ending the mammoth ride at Stockton Heath in Grappenhall Road at around 7pm.
Sgt Robinson said: “COPS have been massively involved in supporting families of fallen colleagues, Si Dean, John Speakman and Kev Brinkman.
“We will only be stopping at each station for a short breather and to take on fluids and food. But we will also have a collection tin with us.
“The team was inspired by friends from Manchester Fire Service who are doing a similar challenge around fire stations in their area.
“Myself and the other riders are all keen cyclists and it seems like a good difficult challenge to raise money.”
It is not the first time PC Richard Whitehead has put himself forward for a charity challenge. Two years ago he had his legs waxed to raise money for cancer sufferers at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
He said: “I cycle regularly so I am not worried about the distance we will cover but some people have been training for it and it will be a long day.
Hopefully seeing a big group of police officers cycling around Cheshire’s police stations will raise awareness of the charity and get people to get behind us to help families of people who have died doing their jobs for the community.”
PS Simon Hignett, DC Jamie Pulham, PC Aiden Sharock, PS Jeff Millington, Sgt Steve Hilton Smith, DS Chris Jones, DC Sarah Evans are also taking part.
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