VIP welcome for brave Bobbies after 500 mile bike ride
A team of 15 police officers from Staffordshire Police received a hero’s welcome as they completed a 500 mile charity cycle ride around Wales, on Sunday 10th September, 2017.
By completing the challenge the officers raised £20,000 for Caudwell Children, the Staffordshire based charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
The money will pay for two children, from Staffordshire, with life limiting conditions, to go on the charity’s annual Destination Dreams holiday to Disney World, in Florida.
On hand to welcome the Bobbies across the finish line, at the Best Western Moathouse Hotel in Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent, were: The Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Ross Iriving and the Lady Mayoress, Christine Warren, the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Simon White and his Consort, Councillor Gary White, and the Deputy Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, Nick Baker.
Sergeant Steve Marsh, organiser and participant in the ‘Battle the Dragon’ challenge said it was a particularly difficult ride. As he explained: “The route included over 39,000ft of ascent over five days! Each cyclist had to show a great deal of determination, commitment and courage to get to the finish line and there were a lot of aching limbs at the end of it.
“I’m incredibly proud of the team and it means that in the four years that we have been raising money for Caudwell Children’s Destination Dreams holiday we’ve smashed the £100,000 barrier.”
Deputy Chief Constable, Nick Baker said: “We thrive on our relationship with our local communities and I have to say this is something extra special.
“This fundraising challenge makes me very proud to be part of Staffordshire Police and this is Staffordshire Police at its finest.”
Liz Wade, from Caudwell Children, said: “We can’t thank the Bobbies enough for this truly heroic effort. The Destination Dreams holiday is costly as we provide a full team of paediatric doctors and nurses to ensure that the children receive 24 hour medical care.
“The money that the team has raised is vital in ensuring that the holiday continues in 2018.”
Caudwell Children created its Destination Dreams holiday in 2007 to give 25 children with life limiting conditions the opportunity to experience a once-in-lifetime holiday to Disney World, in Florida.
You can continue to donate to the Bobbies on Bikes 4 Kids team here.