Police team get on their bikes for children’s charity


Northumbria PoliceA team of six officers and staff from Northumbria Police will use pedal power in a bid to raise more than £1,000 for deprived children in Eastern Europe. The fundraising ride involves the team from Whickham police station tackling the challenging 135-mile coast-to-coast challenge in less than a day.

The team will set off from Tynemouth at 7am on 27 September and hope to arrive in Whitehaven less than eight hours later. They will complete the route in two teams of three, with each trio completing a 20 mile section before the second group takes over for the next stage.

The intrepid cyclists are Sgt Jeff Purves, Pc Andy Delaney, Pc David Bond, Pc David Tweedle and GSO Kevin George, from the Whickham neighbourhood team, along with Pc Paul Armstrong of the Northumberland 24/7 team.

The coast to coast challenge is the first of six arduous events the team have planned over the coming months in a bid to raise money for the Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid charity (CWUHA).

Jeff Purves said: “We all have children so the decision to raise money for the CWUHA and support children in Lithuania was an easy one to make. Almost 14 per cent of Lithuania’s population are under the age of 14 and, with an unemployment rate of 20 per cent, many suffer from neglect, poverty and physical abuse. There is a huge need for help and we want to do our bit.”

The CWUHA organises an annual aid convoy to deliver clothes, toys and medical equipment to some of Eastern Europe’s poorest children in hospitals, orphanages and homes of families in need. This year’s convoy set off to Lithuania on 7 August and amongst the volunteers were Gateshead councillor Allison Chatto who is also Trade Union Liaison for Simpson Millar solicitors. Before she left, Allison said: “The efforts of Jeff and the team are absolutely fantastic. Every penny they raise will go directly to help destitute children. I hope I will make it back from Lithuania in time to cheer them on when they set off from Tynemouth.”

Anyone who wants to make a direct donation can do so at Whickham police station.

For more information about the aid convoy or to make a donation please visit www.cwuha.org

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