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Cup final to raise money for DC Tim Dunne's charity and Little Footprints

May 11, 2017
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Two charities are set to benefit from a football cup final, which sees Nottinghamshire Police take on Police Scotland.

The national police finals game, which will take place at Nottingham Forest's City Ground next Thursday (18 May) is free admission, but players are hoping supporters will give generously to both DC Tim Dunne's charities and also Little Footprints, which supports Sneinton-based School for Parents.

A keen footballer himself, and member of the Nottinghamshire Police team, PC Dunne unexpectedly passed away while out cycling with his family on holiday in Majorca in 2016. He was also heavily involved in supporting a youth football team, 4LifeTriathlon Club and two swimming clubs. DC Dunne’s son Louis will be mascot for the cup final.

School for Parents is a local charity that supports the many complex needs of babies and pre-school children that have cerebral palsy or other motor-related impairments, and children with Down’s Syndrome. The charity also provides invaluable support for parents.

Insp Suk Verma said: "We are looking to raise as much money as possible for these two fantastic charities that continue to make a difference in children's lives.

"Tim is still very sorely missed by us all. He would certainly have been in this squad and we all fondly remember his sporting achievements."

The match kicks off at 5pm, with free admission, and free parking is also available.

Insp Verma added: "We are delighted to have got to the final. The season has been one of the best I’ve been involved in and to finish it with a cup final is something that will be remembered for years, especially as we are lucky enough to be playing in our home county.

"We would also like to thank Nottingham Forest who’ve been fantastic in helping to host and organise the match.

“If anyone is available to come and watch, all the lads would be hugely appreciative of any support the local community can give us.”

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: "Everyone in the Force would like to wish the squad all the very best of luck.

"I also hope many football fans from across the county come to Nottingham Forest’s stadium to not just watch the game, but also donate to these worthy charities.

"Being a football fan myself, I'm hoping to see some better Police football on display than I’ve seen at some league matches this season. Let’s hope we see Notts Police raise the trophy at the City Ground, Come on Notts!”

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