Chief Confirms Commitment to Nominated Charity

Cleveland’s Chief Constable met with a local organisation yesterday (Monday 15th July) to nominate them his designated charity and to officially pledge the Force’s support.


L-R Jane Smith incoming Director Teesside Samaritans, Chief Constable Richard Lewis, Neil Craig Current Director Teesside Samaritans Chief Constable Richard Lewis met staff at the Teesside Samaritans’ Borough Road Office and said he will promote the charity’s profile, arrange fundraising events for officers and staff and hold drop-in sessions where all at Cleveland Police can find out more about the charity and how they can be of help – not only professionally but also personally.


CC Lewis said: “This is a unique charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection which, tragically, can lead to suicide.


“The Force has unfortunately been affected by suicide which has an impact not only on families and friends, but also on fellow officers and staff.


“I chose Teesside Samaritans as my designated charity specifically because of its vision: that fewer people die by suicide, and over the next weeks and months I will be encouraging everyone at Cleveland Police on board to support and fundraise for this wonderful organisation.”



Photo shows: L-R Jane Smith, incoming Director, Teesside Samaritans, Chief Constable Richard Lewis, Neil Craig, current Director Teesside Samaritans