group of Hereford police officers and their families and
friends are putting their best feet forward for charity
- by running in the Hereford Half Marathon and Fun Run.
They will be taking part in the event on Sunday, 20th May
to raise money for the ‘Child Victims of Crime’ charity,
which provides material support for any child who has been
a victim of, or been traumatized by, any criminal offence
committed in the UK.
children are nominated to the charity only by serving police
officers. Child Victims of Crime was founded in 1994 following
the IRA bombing in Warrington and is the only national police
children’s charity. Since then, it has provided comfort
and support to over 2,800 child victims of crime, many of
whom have suffered the most appalling physical, sexual or
West Mercia alone, over £38,000 of support has been donated
to local victims, ranging from small gifts to personal counselling
and family holidays. The charity receives at least 30 referrals
a month from polices forces across the country, seeking
support for children up to the age of 16 whose lives have
been shattered by crimes such as violence, abuse and murder.
Victims of Crime provide fantastic support for children
when they most need it,” explained Ceri Barnes, one of the
runners and a Detective Constable within Herefordshire Division’s
Family Protection Unit. “The charity’s response towards
any application is within a matter of weeks and has helped
to provide funding and support very swiftly when other organizations
have perhaps been unable to.
one recent case we have dealt with, Child Victims of Crime
was able to fund private counselling for a young victim
who would otherwise have had to wait nine months to see
a psychologist. We have since received letters of gratitude
from the child’s grandmother stating that the counselling
has proved life-changing for him giving him a positive outlook
and greater confidence.“
decision to raise money for Child Victims of Crime by taking
part in the Half Marathon and Fun Run is simply our way
of giving something back to an extremely worthwhile cause,”
added DC Barnes.
total of 11 members of staff from Herefordshire Division
are limbering up for the event, several accompanied their
own children and other family members. The ‘runners’ range
in age from one to 68 and also include inspirational 10-year-old
Cameron Wood, son of DC Maz Wood, who will be completing
a lap of Hereford Racecourse in his wheelchair as part of
the Fun Run. All those taking part have been sponsored by
their colleagues across the police division, plus friends
details of the Child Victims of Crime charity can be found
on its website, www.cvoc.org.uk or by calling 01785 227325,
or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.