Eighteen Staffordshire Police officers have turned pedal power into pounds to send a disabled youngster from Greenlaw on a dream holiday.
Sam Fisher, 12, has the condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 and the officers swapped their uniforms for lycra to cycle the 930 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with the funds raised going towards sending Sam and his family on Caudwell Children’s Destination Dreams Holiday Programme.
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, organise the annual holiday to give 25 children with life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to experience a once-in-a-lifetime holiday.
The ‘Bobbies on Bikes’ challenge began on Saturday, September 6 and was scheduled to take nine days to complete.
Steve Marsh, one of the event organisers and a participant in the ‘Bobbies on Bikes’ fundraising ride, was always confident the team could complete the epic trek, despite being novice riders.
He said: “Although none of the team are regular cyclists we do keep ourselves in shape as much as we can. Many of us regularly train at the Blue Glove Boxing Academy, a police boxing club.”
The team of officers have been fundraising for Caudwell Children for a number of years.
However, on learning of the difficulties associated with taking a disabled child, with a life-limiting condition, on a ‘dream’ holiday, they were compelled to fundraise for Destination Dreams.
As Steve explained: “Many parents of disabled children can only dream of taking their child on the holiday of a lifetime.
“The thought of attempting a long overseas flight, without expensive medical support, fills them with dread.
“However, Caudwell Children’s holiday provides 24-hour professional medical support for the duration of the trip. Not only that, the charity has a team of enthusiastic volunteers on hand to help each family.
“This allows parents to create happy memories with their children, and their siblings, for perhaps the first time in their lives.”
Sam’s mum, Susan, says she and her family could not thank the cycling cops enough: “I can’t thank the Bobbies on Bikes team enough for raising funds for Sam. He’s never been outside the UK and he would dearly love to go to Disneyland.
“The holiday would allow Sam to tick some things off his bucket list.
“He’s been through so much, at such a young age, and he really deserves this once-in-a-lifetime holiday.”