Supers-man walks the Welsh coastline raising cash for COPS

Posted on October 15, 2014 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

Paul Griffiths COPS walk

GWENT Police’s head of intelligence has spent 50 days walking the Welsh coastline to raise thousands of pounds for Care of Police Survivors.

Det Supt Paul Griffiths has walked the entire 870 miles of the All Wales Coastal Path, so far raising around £2,800 for the charity – though he hopes for further donations. Paul endured stormy weather, sore feet and even a heard of bullocks on his journey, which reached its end in October.

He walked with friends and colleagues and received accommodation, food and travel support from people along the journey – which took him 50 days.

He even took part briefly in the Cardiff Half Marathon, though he slowed again to walking pace after being overtaken by superheroes and a runner carrying a child’s play house.

The Wales Coast Path, which opened in 2012, follows, or runs close to, the whole of the coastline of Wales from Queensferry in the north to Chepstow in the south.

On the final leg of the journey Paul – who is also on the National Executive Committee of the Police Superintendents’ Association – was accompanied by Paul Symes, a retired assistant chief constable and as well as a PhD student from Swansea University who was studying the coastal path.

He was met by a welcoming committee as he completed the walk.

Paul said: “As we cut inland to avoid a firing range, we crossed the M4. I looked ahead to see three full police vans parked up and thought – ‘What a reception committee?’ Only to find out that they were poised waiting for deployment for protesting.

“We drifted through the town and I finally made it to the finish to be met by a reception committee of family, friends and colleagues. It was a real feeling of excitement and relief at finishing the 870 mile route. We didn’t waste too much time before we were in the pub rolling out the stories.

He thanked his friends and family for their support, along with Paul Harris, the deputy policing and crime commissioner for Gwent, and Paul Duggan, a PCSO from North Wales Police who he said was a “tremendous help throughout the journey and a credit to his force”.

Paul added: “I would like to thank everyone for all their support, whether it has been company, food, drink, accommodation, covering my absence, transportation, poems, encouragement or donations – Your help and support has been tremendous and I know the money will go to support those who most need it. Now I just need to think of my next challenge!”

Paul has received 136 donations but is still welcoming more at: https://www.justgiving.com/paul-griffiths571/.

 

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