Unity Tour raises £200,000 for Care of Police Survivors Charity
The Annual Police Unity Tour has raised an incredible £200,000 for Care of Police Survivors Charity (COPS).
The tour was the biggest yet and saw 360 riders cycle 180 miles from 11 different location across the UK to raise cash for the charity.
Organiser Met Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin MBE, said the event is a great way to remember fallen officers.
Rob said: “The COPS weekend for us is the culmination of all of the cycle ride taking place across the UK, with myself and over 100 others riding up from London to Staffordshire. (Others rode from a number of different locations across the UK).
“The charity, and especially the COPS weekend is so important as it brings together all the families. They really get to see that the police service really do remember their fallen officers.
“The really important thing is that families get to know other families and can support each other and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Every person taking part in the tour rides in memory of a fellow officer killed on duty – wearing a wrist band bearing their name on. This is then passed on to a surviving family member at the COPS Service of Remembrance where the tour concludes.
Rob added that the tour had made £200,000 with donations still yet to come in and that next year he wants to see new forces and new riders to join the event.