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Chief Constable Puts Full Force behind Alan Shearer Foundation

7 years ago

Northumbria Police Chief Constable, Sue Sim, has put her full ‘force’ behind the charity fundraising efforts of twenty serving officers and support staff, in aid of the Alan Shearer Foundation. The Foundation provide financial support to the Alan Shearer Centre, which enable it in turn to provide a unique free service to people with a range of profound disabilities

When England kick off their opening World Cup game against Italy on Saturday 14 June, Police Officer Keith Harbottle and his team of nineteen, will already have completed 10 of the 24 hours, during which they are attempting to cycle the 6,000 mile distance from Newcastle to Rio on static bikes at the MetroCentre, Gateshead.

Keith Harbottle commented;

“Each rider will need to complete 300 miles non-stop. This is an immense challenge of endurance – for the body and the mind.”

The epic challenge begins at 1pm on Saturday 14 June and was given the perfect send off by Chief Constable, Sue Sim;

“I’m really, really proud of the team. Local policing is all about supporting communities and this is such a worthwhile cause.”

The Chief Constable and the endurance cycling fundraisers attended a launch at the Alan Shearer Centre, in advance of the team pedalling throughout both day and night.

Keith and his team hope that the public will show their support with vocal encouragement during the MetroCentre opening hours, as well as digging deep by buying raffle tickets on the day. There will also be members of the Alan Shearer Centre on hand rattling the collection buckets.

One of the ‘Newcastle To Rio’ cyclists, Karen Madge, perfectly summed up the event;

“It is so fulfilling to do something like this for the community, it is why we all joined the police service.” 

Last year Keith, from Ponteland, under the Action4Smiles banner, raised over £4,000 through a series of solo distance challenges to help the Foundation to maintain and provide services for disabled people and their families who use the specialist facilities at the Alan Shearer Centre in Newcastle.


You can follow the action hero’s blog on the Alan Shearer Foundation website and support him via his BTMydonate page.


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