04/06/2019

National Volunteers’ Week – Our Mini Volunteers!

This year’s national Volunteers’ Week coincides with Grangetown Primary School’s Mini Police Unit doing the first in a series of sponsored relays (“Miles for Marley”) in support of their friend and fellow Mini Police “Officer” Marley Gill.

North Ormesby Mini Police at Esk Street Park Ten year old Marley’s family is fundraising for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) which supported them over the years he was ill and awaiting a liver transplant. 

Happily Marley received a new liver in April and he’s recovering well at home in Middlesbrough.  And Schools Liaison Officer PCSO Lindsey Blackburn has arranged for each school with a Mini Police unit to run relays in aid of the CLDF.  You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/MilesforMarley

The Grangetown youngsters will run, walk, skip or jump a mile each on Thursday 6th June and over the next few weeks pupils from other Mini Police units – and their classmates – will do the same at their respective schools.

The relays combined will cover a total of over 68 miles - the distance from Marley’s Middlesbrough home to Leeds General Infirmary where he has received much of his treatment.

Other good work which the young volunteers have done in recent weeks includes
North Ormesby Primary School’s Mini Police taking part in the opening of a new local park in May.

The children have adopted Pavilion Pines (Esk Street Park) which is next to their school and they’ve pledged to look after it by doing regular litter picks and reporting any damage or graffiti.

And during the grand opening the Mini Police demonstrated “drill” exercises to guests including the new Middlesbrough Mayor, Andy Preston.  They also presented important information about taking care of the new outdoor space and how to report antisocial behaviour or crime.

Afterwards, the youngsters joined other local children to enjoy the park facilities, taking part in organised games and face painting, seeing a magic show and, best of all, a visit to an ice cream van!

PC Carla Sheldon from Cleveland Police Communities and Partnerships Team said: “Our Mini Police are very special volunteers playing a very important role in their own schools and in the wider community.

“National Volunteers’ Week is an ideal opportunity for us to highlight the great work they do and to thank them for giving up their free time to help both police and the public all year round.  I’d also like to thank all the schools who encourage their students to get involved.”