Officers Raise £500 in Light the Lakes Challenge

Five officers from Cleveland’s Operational Crime team climbed various peaks of the Lake District on Friday 22nd June to raise money and awareness for the Care of Police Survivors Charity (COPS).

1 Detective Inspectors Chris Motson, Matt Hollingsworth and John Tapper, Detective Sergeant Darren Wild and Detective Chief Inspector Gareth White set off from the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub in Great Langdale at 10:30pm and climbed the 910 metre ascent to Great END, the most Northerly Mountain in the Scafell Chain.

 Once they reached the top, in the twilight of darkness, the team lit beacons at 3am to remember police officers who have lost their lives on duty and then made their way back down the mountain to the backdrop of a spectacular sunrise.

Detective Inspector Jon Tapper said: “The Light the Lakes challenge is a great way to raise awareness and money for the Care of Police Survivors Charity which is a fantastic organisation. It is important that we support our police families and as a team, we managed to raise £500 for COPS and now the money can be used to look after the families of those affected by the loss of a loved one who has sadly passed away on duty.”

Care of Police Survivors is a UK registered charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives on duty, rebuild their lives. It aims to ensure that survivors have all the help they need to cope with such tragedy and they remain part of the police family.

More information on COPS can be found here: http://ukcops.org/