Officers from Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police took part in the UK Police Unity Tour (UK PUT) national cycle ride from Friday, 29 July 2016, to honour the service and sacrifice of fallen UK police officers.
ACC Amanda Blakeman and Sgt Laura Wright joined more than 30 police officers and staff who form the East Midlands Chapter of the Tour.
They cycled 180 miles in remembrance of colleagues across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire who tragically lost their lives while serving their communities.
Having already raised £10,000 the team aimedto raise more than £12,000 for the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) charity.
COPS is a charity that supports the families of officers who have died in the line of duty. They ensure that survivors have all the help they need to cope with such tragedies and they remain as part of the police family.
The team started their ride at Leicestershire Police’s force headquarters in Enderby on Friday, 29 July, and cycled to a memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, on Sunday, 31 July.
Each rider wore a blue metal wrist band with the name of a fallen colleague they cycled in honour of. At the memorial service riders met with the deceased officers’ families and give them the wrist bands.
Before the ride, ACC Amanda Blakeman said: “Laura and I are riding for COPS because it is important to remember those who have lost their lives serving their communities. We will be riding for our friend and colleague PC442 Tony Wright who tragically lost his life while on duty in August 2011. Tony was a keen cyclist having completed the London To Paris cycle ride for charity”
For updates you can follow @PoliceTour on Twitter for updates and if you would like to donate you can do so at the charity based website page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Laura-WrightAmanda-Blakeman