Police and police staff were showing their support for the campaign against domestic violence by taking part in charity events in York.
The first of the events was a 100km cycle ride which started at 8.30am, taking in Easingwold and parts of the Howardian Hills. The second was a more gentle 10km walk. The cyclists left Millennium bridge in York at 8:30 and the walkers at 10:30. Julia started both races.
The aim of both events is to raise funds for children who’ve lived with domestic abuse. The event was a great success last year when a team from North Yorkshire Police joined around 150 other people taking part in the event, which raised approximately £18,000.
The walk was in and around York and there were plans to provide a treasure hunt to keep children interested!
Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason, Director of Crime for North Yorkshire Police, said:
It is important that we support any initiative that raises the awareness of the issue of domestic violence. The Independent Domestic Abuse Service is a key partner and I am pleased that we are able to give our support to such a worthwhile cause.
Sarah Hill, Director of Independent Domestic Abuse Service, said:
I am very pleased that North Yorkshire Police are taking part in these fund raising events.
We work closely together to help support those who suffer domestic abuse and the money we raise will fund the services IDAS offers.
Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said:
Sarah and her team did a great job last year raising money for this very worthy cause, and I hope this year we can do even better.”
Domestic abuse can have lifelong consequences, especially for children who have to live through it, and helping to support them through their ordeal and beyond couldn’t be more worthwhile.