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Northern Constabulary helps raise thousands for Police Dependants' Trust following fun day at Wick Police station

Issued: 20 Sep 2010

The first ever Police Dependants' Trust fun day to be held in Wick has raised over three thousand pounds for the charity.

The event, which was held at Wick Police station between midday and 4pm on Saturday, was hailed a tremendous success with the people of Wick and the surrounding areas turning out in great numbers to show their support.

A grand total of £3665 was raised for the charity which was set up in 1966 following the murder of three police officers at Shepherds Bush in London.

The charity today seeks to raise money, which is given through grants to former officers who have been injured in the line of duty where this has impacted on their lives and their families significantly. Also applications are also taken from immediate family members where an officer has died in the line of duty.

The free event began at 11.30am with a procession by the Thurso and Wick Junior Pipe Bands who marched from the Pipe Band Hall to the square and across the bridge in Wick before arriving at the event just prior to its opening at noon.

The bands were led by John Thurso, MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Lord Lieutenant for Caithness Anne Dunnett , Northern Constabulary's North Divisional Commander Superintendent Julian Innes and Caithness and Sutherland Area Commander Matthew Reiss.

The day featured a number of fun activities and displays, including haunted cells, photographs on police motorbikes and the hugely popular Northern Constabulary Police dog display, to name but a few.

There were also stands brought in by a number of partners agencies including Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service, the Royal Air Force, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and others. In addition there was an assault course, run by the Army.

One of the most popular events was the Haunted House, organised by the Fire Service, which raised over £600. And members of the public thoroughly enjoyed the "Dunk Tank," where people could pay to kick a football at the Dunk Tank trigger, plunging a number of Police officers (including Divisional Commander Supt Julian Innes, Thurso Inspector Angus MacInnes and Caithness DI Mick Sutherland) into a large, murky tank of water.

Caithness and Sutherland Area Commander, Chief Inspector Matthew Reiss, said: "We are quite overwhelmed with the level of support we have received from the community and thanks to their generosity we have raised a substantial amount of money for the Police Dependants' Trust fund.

"Everyone who attended really appeared to enjoy themselves and we were delighted to see so many people come out and support this worthwhile event. It is the first time the PDT day has been held in Wick and I am sure people would love to see it return in the near future.

"We would like to thank everyone for coming along, the volunteers for their vital support and our partner agencies for helping make the day such a success."

The event was opened by Lord Alistair Strathnaver, Chairman of the Northern Branch of the Police Dependants' Trust, Caithness' Lord Lieutenant Anne Dunnett and closed by Northern Constabulary's Deputy Chief Constable Garry Sutherland, who is a native of Wick.

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