Super cyclists raise £40,000 on COPS’ Police Unity Tour

Posted on July 22, 2014 | Category :Uncategorized | No Comments

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THIS year’s Police Unity Tour has raised a “brilliant” £40,000 for Care of Police Survivors – with organisers hoping to raise even more in 2015.

Super cyclists rode 170 miles over three days – from London to Staffordshire – to raise money for the charity, which supports the families of officers who have lost their lives on duty. Pictured is the cheque presentation  at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Nearly 100 cyclists and support crew, including police officers, police staff and families of fallen officers, left the National Police Memorial at the Mall in London on 18 July and arrived at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on 20 July in time for the COPS Service of Remembrance.

Ch Supt Robert Atkin, of the Metropolitan Police, who organised the ride (pictured far left), said £40,000 was a “brilliant total”, but said that he hopes to raise even more next year.

“There are a number of forces that want to have their own chapters aligned to ours next year so we should be able to grow the tour and hopefully have 200 officers riding next year,” he said. “More money, more funds and everyone will have a great time.”

Ch Supt Atkin, who was awarded an MBE in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his work with COPS, said the aim of the ride is to raise awareness of officers who have died in the line of duty, to raise money for COPS and “to bring officers together to remember the fallen heroes”.

Every cyclist rides in memory of a fallen officer and they are given a bracelet with a late officer’s name, force and last date of duty engraved on it. This is then handed over to one of the officer’s surviving family members when the unity tour arrives at the National Memorial Arboretum.

“There is nothing better than meeting the family member and handing over the bracelet and expressing that you are doing the ride in memory of the officer and the feelings that that officer has never been forgotten,” said Ch Supt Atkin.

Survivor Sue Bishop, whose husband Bill was killed on duty 30 years ago, described the Unity Tour as “amazing” and said it was “lovely” to get support from representatives from every force in the country. 

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