Metropolitan Police Federation

Officers run to remember – and to highlight the welfare and wellbeing of first responders at terrorist attacks and tragedies

Three Metropolitan Police officers will be running to remember all those affected by recent terrorist attacks and significant tragedies in London this Thursday at a Special Event.

Sgt Darren Laurie, who was one of the first responders to both the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack and the Borough Market terrorist attack in 2017, will be joined by colleagues PC Darren Sanders and PC Mick Gibson on a memorial run which will visit the scenes of some of the worst atrocities the capital has seen.

As well as remembering those lost and those injured, the trio also hope to highlight the ongoing and long term welfare and wellbeing consequences the significant tragedies the emergency services face can have on those brave individuals who wear the uniform.

The Metropolitan Police Federation is proud to support our colleagues in this endeavour.

This Thursday (June 3) is the fourth anniversary of the Borough Market terrorist attack. 2017 also saw terrorist attacks in Westminster, Parsons Green, Finsbury Park and the significant tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Darren said he is keen to highlight not only the excellent work of the members of the emergency services at events such as these, but to shine a light on the need for ongoing support for the welfare of the men and women that attend these types of horrific calls and how it may affect them as they move forwards in their lives, often carrying the heavy burden of mental health injuries as a result of the trauma that they have experienced.

The team of runners will run along the following route, and stop at each of these significant checkpoints to pay respect to those that sadly died, those who were injured or who may have suffered and continue to suffer from any type of mental health illness as a result of attending and working on these tragedies:

Parsons Green – 8:30am

Grenfell Tower – 9:30am

Finsbury Park Mosque – 11:30am

National Police Memorial – The Mall – 2pm

Westminster Bridge – 3pm

Southwark Cathedral – Borough Market – 4pm

The times are approximate and the team of runners said they would love to see members of the public and their colleagues in the emergency services supporting them along the way and at any or all of the checkpoints.

The hashtag for the event is the #2017WelfareRun.