Two South Yorkshire Police officers are part of a five-man team who will be having a sleepless night in the Peak District this weekend in aid of ‘Care of Police Survivors’ (COPS).
Clive, a Sergeant in Sheffield and Matt an Inspector in Doncaster, will be embarking on the Bullock-Smithy challenge at midday on Saturday, 1 September. They will have 24-hours to complete the gruelling 56-mile course around the peaks of the national park.
Having warmed up for the challenge by completing the National Three Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) last summer, they have decided on a further bout of self-inflicted torture in order to raise money for the charity ‘Care of Police Survivors’ (COPS).
COPS is a UK-registered charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives while on duty. The charity aims to ensure that families have all the support they need to cope after their loved one has made the ultimate sacrifice in public service.
Matt said: “We are both acutely aware of the need for COPS and the work they do to support the families of fallen colleagues. South Yorkshire has had its share, sadly, both historically and in the last 12 months. Having attended PC Keith Palmer’s funeral in London last year, it is humbling to see the police family come together, so when Clive and I spoke about who we could raise money for, it was a very short conversation and an easy choice for us.”
Clive added: “Neither of us could be described as experienced walkers, but the abject pain and misery of the National Three Peaks has long-since evaporated hence our commitment to this challenge. It seemed like a good idea when it was first mentioned however, when the kit list includes a whistle, compass, first aid kit and emergency rations, you start to doubt your judgement!”
The brother’s aim is to raise £1,000 for COPS. They would really appreciate anything you can give to help them reach their target.
Any donations are greatly appreciated and can be made by visiting their JustGiving page.