Posted: Tue 28th Apr 2020

Police chief pedals 126 miles in his living room to raise £1,000 for charity

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2020

The Chief Constable of North Wales Police has helped raise over £1000 as part of a national campaign to collect vital funds for charities who have missed out due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The 2.6 challenge was launched on Sunday, which would have been the 40th London Marathon, a huge event in the charity fundraising calendar. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

The public were asked to dream up an activity around the numbers 2 and 6, and fundraise or donate to charity. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Carl Foulkes took it a step further and decided to take part with a 126.26 mile indoor cycling challenge, raising money for Care of Police Survivors (COPS). ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He was also joined by other officers and staff, who would normally take part in the COPS Unity Tour and all cycled from their living rooms. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He said: “Thousands of fundraising events across the UK have been cancelled due to Covid-19, with a devastating impact on charity incomes. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“In this really difficult time I wanted to do something to support COPS, who do such a fantastic job in supporting those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“The work that COPS do is very close to all of our hearts here in the police family so it was important to me to support the vital work that they do. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“So yesterday I pedalled on my bike in my living room for 126 miles, which no matter how daunting, compared to what key workers and the NHS are doing, felt very small. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Although very sore today, I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me, and I’m absolutely delighted to raise much more than my original £300 target for such a worthwhile cause.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

If you would like to contribute towards Mr Foulkes’ fundraising effort for charity, please visit ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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