The President of the Police Superintendents’ Association, Paul Griffiths, has cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End, covering over 950 miles, completely unsupported, in aid of the UK Police Memorial.
Hoping to raise £1,500 for the charity, his total now stands at over £3,500 and will reach over £4,000 with gift aid contributions.
Paul, who is a Trustees of the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust, visited the National Memorial Arboretum on route – the site of the new UK Police Memorial – where he was by met fellow Trustee Sir Paul Scott-Lee who offered him support and words of encouragement.
Paul Griffiths said: “I set myself a challenge for charity every year. Every year they’re tough, both physically and mentally, but this was particularly hard, as I wasn’t able to train due to the constraints and demands of the pandemic.
“I was regularly posting updates via Twitter and I have been completely overwhelmed by the support I’ve received.
“From much needed food and drink, help with bike repairs, cycling with me, drop offs, collections to kind words of encouragement, I have been helped and supported at so many points over the 950 miles.
“This support from the police family has been humbling, and alongside the ‘virtual’ support I’ve received online and via the phone, it made the challenge so much more bearable. To have smashed my fundraising target makes every mile worthwhile and I hope it will help towards the fantastic work of PAMT, which now, more than ever, is of vital importance to recognise the work and sacrifices of the Police Service.”
Sir Hugh Orde, Chair of Trustees, added: “This is an amazing achievement by Paul and I cannot thank him enough for his sterling efforts. To raise so much money is a great success. I would like to thank all those who have donated and sponsored Paul during his epic adventure.”
Donations to the charity can still be made at Justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-Griffiths2020
You can follow Paul on his twitter account: @griffindares