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Running shoes at the ready in memory of fallen colleagues
10:22am Wednesday 4th December 2013 in News
THIRTY-five officers and staff members across Wiltshire Police are underway on their quest to run 250 miles each in 125 days.
The ‘Run to Remember’, which began on Sunday, is being done by officers and staff across the country in memory of PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone who sadly lost their lives in a targeted gun and grenade attack in Manchester last year.
Since their tragic deaths, the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund has been established by Nicola's family and her father, Bryn Hughes, has called on runners from police forces up and down the country to take part.
Hoping to get 10 people from each force to participate the response has been tremendous with 35 from Wiltshire alone joining nearly 1,600 nationally. Each participant has signed up to run an average of two miles a day until the 4th April, 125 days in total, agreeing to raise a minimum of £100 in the process.
Proceeds from the ‘Run to Remember’ will go to Care of Police Survivors (COPS), Victim Support and the North West Police Benevolent Fund, the charities chosen by Nicola's family.
Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: "The tragic events of last September made us all draw breath and reflect on the dangers that come hand in hand with policing.
"Every day officers and staff bravely perform their role of protecting our communities in a professional and caring way. Never will this stop and never will we lose sight of the risks that will always exist.
"It’s great to see so many of our officers and staff involved in this event and I shall be encouraging them all the way."