Mini Police Raise Thousands for Children’s Charity

A children’s charity will benefit to the tune of more than £4, 000 after a Cleveland PCSO enlisted the support of Mini Police recruits to raise money for them.

Miles for Marley Schools Liaison Officer Lindsey Blackburn co-ordinated the force’s five Mini Police units to take part in sponsored relays at their schools under the Miles For Marley banner.

Ten year old Mini Police recruit Marley Gill received a new liver in April this year and his family wanted to raise money for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation which has supported them since his diagnosis of liver disease - aged just 4.

Heavy rain on some of the relay days in June couldn’t stop the youngsters who hopped, skipped and jumped indoors when necessary.

Passing a police baton between themselves, the Mini Police and schoolmates covered over 68 miles between them  – the equivalent distance from Marley’s home in Middlesbrough to Leeds General Infirmary where he’s undergone much of his treatment.

And the sun came out for the final relay at Marley’s own school, St Alphonsus’ Primary where as guest of honour, he watched over 200 pupils complete laps of the school’s very own running track.

As well as the primary schools’ relays, Marley’s mum Rachel and Lindsey did more fundraising in the background with special evening events, Park Runs, raffles and cupcake sales to add to the cash raised for CLDF.  The total raised was an impressive £4, 047

Lindsey said: “Our Mini Police recruits have made me very proud.  They’ve shown that they are one big family at heart – they all immediately signed up to do the Miles for Marley relays and to help the charity which has helped one of their own.
“I’d like to thank all the schools who arranged their relays.  I know the summer term is a very busy one but they all really got behind our campaign and offered nothing but support. 

“People have been very, very generous in donating time, money and goods and their kindness has raised this massive amount for CLDF.”

Marley’s mum Rachel added: “As a family we are so grateful for everyone’s help and continued support throughout Marley’s journey.”