Support the Light the Lakes event and help COPS charity

18 May 2021

Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe is encouraging members to support the Light the Lakes fund-raising event when it returns next month.

Police officers from across the country will join colleagues and members of the public for the challenge.

Teams climb one of the 214 peaks across the Lake District to light blue flares in memory of fallen police officers.

The annual event has been taking place since 2012 and raises money for the police survivors charity Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

It was postponed last year because of the pandemic but returns this year to take place on 18 and 19 June.

Steve said: “This is such a fantastic event and is a real challenge for those who take part. It’s a chance for the policing family to remember our fallen colleagues and to show our support for their loved ones.

“It’s also a chance to support the great work of COPS, which has missed out on a huge amount of fund-raising over the last year.”

Organiser Vinny Wagijani, a DS with Surrey Police and a Surrey Police Federation rep, hopes to raise £40,000 for COPS, and to raise awareness about the support the charity officers grieving police families.

“COPS is such an important charity,” said Vinny. “I would certainly want them providing that wrap-around service to my family and loved ones should the worse happen to me.

“If we can raise the £40,000 this year, it will take us close to raising £100,000 in total from each of the events for the charity.

“They have missed out on a lot of fund-raising events this past year, and I know they are grateful to everyone taking part.”

Support the event.