Po­lice pound char­ity beat to help he­roes

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By NICK REINIS

INTREPID po­lice of­fi­cers will pound a dif­fer­ent kind of beat dur­ing a mam­moth char­ity chal­lenge.

The team of three of­fi­cers from Cam­bridgeshire po­lice are hop­ing to raise more than £10,000 for forces char­ity Help for He­roes, by com­plet­ing a gru­elling 300 mile cross-coun­try hike.

The group set off at 4am to­day from Edale, in Der­byshire, on their walk along the length of the Pen­nine Way, which will end in Yetholme, in Scot­land next Sun­day.

The trek was the brain­child of Chief In­spec­tor Paul Rogers, based at Thorpe Wood Po­lice Sta­tion, in Peter­bor­ough.

He then roped in Su­per­in­ten­dent Nick Knight, based at force HQ in Hunt­ing­don and Sergeant Spencer Evans, from Safer Com­mu­ni­ties, also at HQ.

They are also joined by London-based busi­ness­man David Wight­man, who at­tended Arthur Mellows Vil­lage Col­lege, in Glin­ton, with Chief Insp Rogers.

They will sleep in tents at five sites along the route and will walk for 14 hours a day, cov­er­ing about 33 miles.

Chief Insp Rogers said: “My­self and Nick Knight wanted to do some­thing for char­ity and we toyed around with do­ing a walk or a run, but then we came up with do­ing Pen­nine Way.

“We’ve been do­ing a lot of train­ing and walk­ing and did two days on the Pen­nine Way in March, which was very cold.

“It’s been a year in the mak­ing but it’s come around quickly.

“For all of us it’s ex­cit­ing but we’re anx­ious, be­cause we don’t know what to ex­pect.

“We will be very tired but it’s a mat­ter of help­ing keep each other go­ing and mo­ti­vated.”

The group chose the char­ity, which pro­vides care for mem­bers of the armed forces wounded in con­flict, be­cause it is close to their hearts.

Supt Knight is a for­mer ser­vice­man with the Royal En­gi­neers, while Sgt Evans is a for­mer mem­ber of the Ter­ri­to­rial Army.

They have al­ready raised more than £6,000 for the char­ity, in­clud­ing £1,900 from three char­ity din­ners at An­gel Spice res­tau­rant, in Stil­ton.

They also raised around £1,200 at the Peter­bor­ough United match against Don­caster on March 16, at London Road.

Chief Insp Rogers added: “We looked at sev­eral char­i­ties, but we de­cided that Help for He­roes had held the imag­i­na­tion of peo­ple in this county at this time.

“It’s such a bril­liant cause and there’s no po­lit­i­cal stance to it, it’s just about the sol­diers.

“Two of us are for­mer ser­vice­men and I’ve got friends in the forces as well so it makes it that lit­tle bit more spe­cial.”

To make a do­na­tion visit web­site www.bmy­char­ity.com/pen­nineway2010

A NEW BEAT: Po­lice of­fi­cers David Wight­man, Nick Knight, Chris Clarke, Paul Rogers, Spencer Evans and Owen Tag­gart, who are walk­ing the Pen­nine Way in aid of Help for He­roes.

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