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Nwicker60
11-Mar-11, 15:13
The force will go with you on north police welfare charity cycle run

OFFICERS and staff from Northern Constabulary are looking for volunteers to join them in a sponsored cycle from Fort William to Inverness on Saturday 2 July 2011 to raise money for the Benevolent and Welfare Fund. Superintendent Julian Innes said that last year 20 volunteers got on their bikes and cycled from Wick and Thurso to Inverness to raise money for the Benevolent and Welfare Fund. It was a great day with a little suffering for a good cause. Over 2000 was raised thanks to the generosity of our colleagues, friends and family.

Superintendent Innes went on: "The main aim was to raise the profile of the fund which does a lot of good work, silently, for officers when they are in need of support. The fund also gave over 8000 to retired officers' widows at Christmas time.
"The 85 each widow receives reminds them that they are still part of the extended police family and at least once a year we are thinking about them. Almost every recipient writes to thank the fund for their ongoing support at Christmas time."
He added: "Throughout the year individuals do a great job raising money for the fund. Given the interest and success of last year's cycle, this year's event will be an off road cycle from Fort William to Inverness.
"This will be a little over 80 miles and will be very challenging for most folk taking part to complete in one day. There will be a half route and a quarter route to open up the day to everyone who has a mountain bike.
"Between now and July there is plenty time to build up the miles to make your effort of 2nd July a little more enjoyable and a lot less painful."
A Just Giving website will be set up this year and individual sponsorship forms will also be available. Anyone interested should send an email to julian.innes@northern.pnn.police.uk (julian.innes@northern.pnn.police.uk) in the first