Get active to help Police Care UK

Gwent Police Federation chair Maria Henry is encouraging members to support Police Care UK while boosting their own fitness and mental wellbeing.

The Get Active Challenge starts this month with officers and staff – and their family, friends and supporters – encouraged to get involved, to get moving and to help the national police charity.

Maria said: “During the pandemic, we’ve all recognised the benefits of getting active and staying active, both physically and mentally. The Get Active Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to put that exercise to great use by supporting Police Care UK.

“We’d encourage as many members, their family, friends and supporters to get involved, to get moving, and support a great cause.”

People taking part in the challenge register and log their activities online. Running, cycling and swimming, exercise classes, weights and even the dog walk, every activity counts towards your total – except being sedentary.

The Get Active Challenge runs from next Monday (14 September) to 31 October. Registration is now open via the Get Active Challenge website and every participant receives a medal.

It aims to help officers and staff stay healthy and look after their wellbeing, while supporting Police Care UK and creating good-natured rivalry.

All physical activity counts and is tracked on national leader boards with individual and collective mileage, and fund-raising targets.

The entry fee is £15. Police Care UK receives 50 per cent of the sign-up fee and any additional fund-raising participants wish to do via Just Giving.

The challenge is open to serving staff plus partners, family, friends and supporters and the inter-force competition will be shown on the leader board page on the site.

Police Care UK is the charity for serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families who have suffered any physical or psychological harm as a result of policing.