Care of Police Survivors (COPS), Police Crime Prevention Initiatives’ nominated charity, supports police families devastated by the loss of a loved one who died on duty.
A group of individuals representing Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI) recently pulled on their hiking boots to take part in Light the Lakes, an annual fundraising event to support Police CPI’s nominated charity, Care of Police Survivors (COPS).
The first Light the Lakes event, organised by retired PS Ian Davis on 28th April 2012, saw 594 police officers, colleagues and friends climbing the Wainwright peaks in the Lake District. That first event raised more than £30,000 to support the orphaned children of murdered Surrey DC Heather Cooper.
Since then, Light the Lakes has become an established event, with police officers, colleagues and friends climbing the Wainwright Peaks in the Lake District to raise money to support COPS. The charity works relentlessly to provide peer support and access to counselling services to help surviving family members rebuild their lives. They have helped hundreds of police families devastated by the loss of a loved one who died on duty.
Care of Police Survivors raise £662
To support COPS, Police CPI’s nominated charity, a number of Police CPI team members chose to hike Birkhouse Moor in the Eastern Fells of the Lake District.
The Police CPI team consisted of Nic, Ailis, Ian and Michael, who were joined by friends and family members Mark, Ben, Ellie and Lou, plus spocker Arlo.
Also hiking Birkhouse Moor for COPS were Elle Harder and Lou Pegg, detectives from North Yorkshire Police.
As a Police-owned not-for-profit organisation, Police CPI works closely with the Police Service and a number of the team have a background in policing. As such, COPS is a charity that is very near to the hearts of many in the organisation, and “the entire staff team are incredibly proud of the group who took on the Light the Lakes challenge,” said a spokesperson.
For their efforts, they were able to raise £622 for COPS.