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New Recruits Take on Cycle Challenge for Road Safety Charity

PCC Brake Charity Bike Ride

PCC Barry Coppinger supporting the new recruits with their charity cycle challenge.

A group of newly trained police officers have raised cash for the victims of road traffic collisions and their families in a five-hour bike challenge.

The group of 24 newly trained constables cycled 1200km between them over a period of five hours to raise money for national road safety charity, Brake.

They took part in the bike ride at David Lloyd Leisure on Friday 26th June which also marked the last day of their probationary training period.

Donations to Brake help with the costs of running the Brake helpline which supports those bereaved and injured by road collisions, resources for schools to teach life-saving road safety lessons and campaigns in local communities which help achieve lower speed limits and other life-saving measures.  

Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger who attended David Lloyd Leisure to support the cyclists said: “I am extremely pleased to hear that our newest recruits have done so well during their training and that they have kindly decided to cycle hundreds of miles for victims of road traffic collisions.

“The group have shown the same determination in the cycling challenge as they have during their training.”

PC Laura Kelly, who took part in the cycling challenge, said: “We wanted to raise awareness of the charity as we feel it not only supports victims and their families but it also helps to create safer communities.

“It is a charity close to our hearts, having worked with someone who was hugely affected by a road related incident.

“We hope to raise as much money as possible whilst raising the profile of the charity at the same time.”

Inspector Tim Blades, from the Force Professional Development Unit, has led the new recruits through a 23-week training programme. He said: “The recruits’ training has gone extremely well and the group are looking forward to getting out into the community and serving the public of Cleveland. They have shown dedication and commitment throughout the training and they were particularly moved by one unit of the programme, regarding traffic.

“The unit involves watching a very emotive video about a traffic collision and the devastating consequences that the collision had on the victims and their families. From there the group decided to take on the bike challenge to raise funds for the Brake charity. I wish them the best of luck with it.”

Since the beginning of 2014, there have been 1275 collisions resulting in people being injured on Cleveland’s roads. Nine of these proved fatal. 

Lisa Kendall, Brake’s community fundraising officer, said “We greatly appreciate the support of fundraisers like Laura and her colleagues. We wouldn’t be able to continue our life-saving work without the help of our fantastic fundraisers. 

“Every penny raised will be put towards our work supporting families whose lives have been devastated by a road crash, and campaigning for safer roads."


Posted on Friday 26th June 2015
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