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Police officer completes charity ride to raise funds for families of fallen officers

August 8, 2017
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A police officer pushed herself through the pain barrier to raise more than £1,100 and counting for charity by completing a mammoth 200-mile bike ride.

PC Sarah Stables rode in the East Midlands arm of the COPS UK Police Unity Tour, cycling from Leicestershire Police’s HQ to the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

She took to the saddle to raise funds for Care of Police Survivors (COPS) - a UK registered charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives whilst on duty.

Her ride was in memory of Nottinghamshire Police Constable Ged Walker who was killed in the line of duty in Bulwell, Nottingham, on 9 January 2003.

PC Stables, who is Nottinghamshire Police Cycling Club’s secretary, was also inspired to take part in the ride following the Westminster terror attack in March.

She completed her ride from Friday 28 July to Sunday 30 July.

She said: "It was a fantastic weekend despite a crash on day two after 20 miles where I suffered bruising to my hip.

"I was the only Nottinghamshire Police officer taking part alongside Leicestershire officers, who I had never met before. This is the fifth year of the tour but the third year for the East Midlands Chapter, for which I am now the Nottinghamshire representative.

"The atmosphere was awesome and very welcoming. I’m a cyclist anyway but was riding alongside others who very rarely go out on a bike and the speed was set so all could take part and no-one got left behind. 

"The first day we set off from the Leicestershire Police HQ after a short memorial service by the Chief and the Force Chaplin. There were also some survivors present including one, Chris Moore, who took part in the ride.  

"At the end of the first day we joined up with officers from West Mercia including the DCC who was riding."

She added: "Setting off on day two we had gone from 25 officers to 60 officers riding and, with thanks to the ride marshals and ride leader, we managed to stay together and safe for the majority of the ride. 

"At the end of day two we met with The Met at the Snow Dome and rode from there, all 236 of us, into Drayton Manor. It was a sight to behold, especially with the motorcycle outriders from Wales and The Met.

"When we rode into the park we were met with a round of applause from the survivors and families who were there for the weekend organised by COPS for them. It was very emotional as they were thanking us for our hard work.

"We were handed medals for taking part and a free ice cream. There was then a short medal ceremony before we rode back to our hotel for the third day.

"We joined all officers again to ride the last section to the Arboretum. We were joined by the Blue Knights motorcyclists who rode in behind us. We then cycled into the Arboretum all together - again to a round of applause from survivors, Chief Constables, DCC, ACC and representatives from all forces taking part. This was incredibly emotional and a few more tears were shed.

"A remembrance service was then held and we walked to The Beat which is a long section of grass with memorial trees planted all along for all of the officers who have lost their lives while on duty.

"I got to meet the Chief Constable who was there with Tracy Walker and her family waiting for me to hand over the bangle with Ged’s details on. The Arboretum is a beautiful place and the site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country.

"I have managed to raise over £1,100 to date and some donations are still coming in. The overall total for all of us taking part is over £100,000

"Next year’s dates are July 27-29 and I will be taking details of all those interested in taking part. It would be absolutely fantastic to get more officers and staff from Nottinghamshire involved."

There's still time to make a donation by visiting Sarah's online fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sarah-Stables1

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