Police officers and staff have helped raise hundreds of pounds for a Wiltshire mental health charity.
Emily Clark, 26, who works as a Personal Assistant at Wiltshire Police and has bipolar disorder, decided she wanted to raise awareness of mental health issues as well as money for the Mental Health Foundation and Wiltshire MIND – both mental health charities.
For a week, between Monday 14th May and Friday 18th May, Emily along with numerous police friends and colleagues cycled 879 miles on static bikes based at Force HQ – the distance between Land’s End and John O’Groats.
Today, a cheque presentation was made to Wiltshire MIND for £890.40 at Wiltshire Police HQ attended by Emily, Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, Carolyn Beale, Chief Executive of Wiltshire MIND, and a number of staff who helped Emily reach her mileage and cash target.
Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said, “This was a monumental effort by Emily and everyone involved.
“This is such a worthwhile cause, the more everyone is aware of mental health issues the better and an opportunity like this – raising money as well as highlighting the good work of organisations like MIND – is priceless.
“I have been hugely impressed by Emily’s efforts; despite the hot weather, sore knees and the cover to provide shade blowing away she did it. She had the determination to finish and she did.
“Well done Emily and all who helped her in that week.”
Carolyn Beale, Chief Executive of Wiltshire MIND, said, “This is a fantastic achievement and I want to thank Emily, those who cycled with her and everyone at Wiltshire Police for not only raising money for the charity but for also helping to raise the profile of what we do.
“We support and help many people living in Wiltshire who suffer the anguish, isolation and stigma of mental illness, whether they have a diagnosed mental health problem, or just need a safe place to be and talk.
“This money will help us to continue the essential work we do.”