Officers and staff to take part in the annual Police Unity Tour for charity
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Officers and staff from Leicestershire Police will be getting on their saddles later this month to take part in the annual Police Unity Tour charity cycle ride.
Eleven police officers and police staff will be taking part in the Police Unity Tour raising money for COPS Care of Police Survivors charity, the charity which is dedicated to helping the families of officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
They will be joining colleagues from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire police forces to cycle 180 miles around the Midlands over the weekend of 30 July to 1 August finishing their journey at the National Arboretum Museum in Staffordshire.
A short memorial will take place at each force’s headquarters to remember those officers each force has lost in the line of duty before a national service will be held in memory of fallen officers on Sunday in Staffordshire.
The ride is a national annual event which began in 2014 and sees hundreds of officers and staff from all forces across England, Wales and Police Scotland joining together to raise money for this worthwhile charity.
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This year each rider and support team member will wear a bangle with the name of a fallen officer engraved on it to ride in their memory and when at the arboretum will pass this bangle onto one of their family members.
Those taking part from Leicestershire will be Chief Constable Simon Cole, Chief Inspector Emma Maxwell, Chief Inspector Siobhan Gorman, Sergeant Ryan Coleman, PC’s Jon Carter-Lang, Adam Commons, Tiff Lynch and Lyndsey Mee and staff members Sally Porch and Jen Sprott.
Also joining them on the ride are Vicky and Chris Moore, the children of PC Bryan Moore who was tragically killed on duty alongside his colleague PC Andy Munn in Leicestershire in 2002.
Inspector Cara Guest-Moore, who sadly is not able to ride through injury but continues to be part of the support team, said: “It will certainly be a challenging and quite poignant ride knowing whose memory you are riding for and it is even more touching to able to meet their family members at the Arboretum.
“I know that seeing their genuine appreciation and gratitude will make us all feel extremely privilege to be part of it.”
Chief Constable Simon Cole also added: “Care of Police Survivors is, sadly, an important charity for our Force. It is very moving to ride with Vicky and Chris, who know at first-hand how COPS charity supports bereaved families.
“I've done the Unity Tour before but this is our hilliest route!
“I shall be riding in memory of PC Catherine Godfrey who was killed in a cycling accident at Sketchley Hill, Burbage after being recalled to duty to deal with a violent prisoner at Hinckley Police Station in 1947.
“Her niece, Sue Belcher, has been kind enough to present our annual award to our 24/7 response team of the year. The award is named after Catherine.”
Anyone wishing to donate and support those taking part can do so through their fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SimonUnityTour