Police pound charity beat to help heroes
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.