Merseyside Chief Constable and colleagues take on a trio of challenges

Merseyside Police’s chief officers and staff are taking on three different challenges this week, in aid of charities – Breast Cancer Now, Care of Police Survivors (COPS), The Doyle Phillips Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Know Knife Crime.

The first challenge of the week saw Chief Constable Serena Kennedy accompanied by fellow Chief Officers, officers and staff, tackling Kilimanjaro on a Stairmaster in aid of Breast Cancer Now.

The 5,895m charity climb was very personal for staff from the force’s Crime Demand Unit, as several members of the team have been directly affected by breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Now is a charity for anyone affected by breast cancer, the whole way through, providing support for today and hope for the future.

Officers and staff ran at Exhibition Centre Liverpool in aid of COPS and The Doyle Phillips Foundation,

COPS is a charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives whilst on duty and the Doyle Phillips Foundation was set up to support families of officers killed in tragic circumstances, whether on or off-duty.

The final challenge of the week will see the Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and a number of colleagues from Merseyside and the West Midlands Police, take part in the half marathon at Sunday’s (24 October) Liverpool Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon.

The force’s runners will run a course, which takes in Liverpool’s iconic sites including the Liver Buildings and both football clubs, in aid of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Know Knife Crime, the Colin McGinty charity.

Officers from Merseyside, West Midlands and North Wales will be running for MND, a charity focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning for people affected by motor neurone disease for retired ACC Chris Johnson, whose wife and children will be running the fun run.

Know Knife Crime raises money to fund youth-related anti-social knife crime prevention work across the region and officers will also be raising money for this charity.

Chief Constable Serena Kennedy said, “It’s certainly a busy week for my colleagues and me and despite it being physically demanding, we hope our efforts walking, climbing and running, raise some much-needed money and awareness for these fantastic charities.

“I think running through the city alongside colleagues from Merseyside and other forces is going to be an incredible experience and we are all delighted to be taking part. I think the strength and dedication of the charities we’re supporting, will inspire us and help us across the finish line at the marathon on Sunday.”

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