Student Officers Raise Cash for Redcar Lifeboat Station

Student officers are raising money for a local charity whilst completing their probationary period on their way to becoming fully-fledged police officers.

Pic 1 Cohort 5, comprising 16 officers, is raising cash for a local cause – the RNLI in Redcar.  They are currently into week 15 of their 19 week training period and hope to hand over a cheque to the RNLI at their passing out service to be held on 4th August at Police Headquarters. 

The officers completed the Alistair Brownlee 5k Riverside Run held in Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday the 2nd July
 to raise funds for the cause.

A spokesperson for the officers said: “At the start of our Police Constable training back in March, we set ourselves the objective of raising money for a local charity. We couldn't think of many more deserving than our local Redcar Lifeboat.

“We value the work of the RNLI and recognise the importance of maintaining a positive working relationship with the Redcar volunteers.

“There have been some recent incidents where the Redcar Lifeboat team have assisted Cleveland Police and we are proud of the RNLI and just wanted to say thank you and do something positive in the community.

“We also have some other fundraising events taking place at our police station in Kirkleatham, including cake sales once a week and a few of the recruits have a charity boxing match lined up for the 15th July.

“We were hoping to raise between £500 and £1000 but so far we have exceeded all expectations.”

Dave Cocks, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Redcar RNLI, said: ‘We were all absolutely delighted when the trainees contacted us to say they had adopted us as their chosen charity.

‘We are always keen to build links with the other blue light services. They visited the lifeboat station recently and we were able to pass on what will hopefully be some useful information for the rest of their careers in the police service about the maritime rescue set-up in the force’s area.

Dave added: ‘It’s the first time we’ve received a donation from police trainees, and it is a credit to each and every one of those who has taken part in the fundraising that we are receiving such a generous contribution towards our efforts to save lives at sea.’

Anyone wishing to support the officers’ efforts can do so via the JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Cohort-5