Police cadet donates award money to charity

Ben Wright presents his award money to the Road Victims Trust PNL-151214-142404001
Ben Wright presents his award money to the Road Victims Trust PNL-151214-142404001

A former Bedfordshire Police Cadet has donated money he received after being nominated for an award to charity.

Ben Wright, 18 years old from Clapham, was shortlisted for a ‘Young People of the Year’ award, which aim to ‘reveal, recognise and reward positive role models’.

Ten young people joined Ben in the final. Although Ben did not win, he did come away with a cheque for £50 for his nominated charity, the Road Victims Trust which he presented to the charity at their 20th Anniversary Ball.

Now he has left the Cadets, Ben has applied to join Bedfordshire’s volunteer police officers as part of the Special Constabulary.

He will join 250 other Specials, who provide vital support to the front line, patrolling Bedfordshire’s rural and urban communities.

Ben said: “I nominated the Road Victim’s Trust to receive this money as I have worked closely with them at a number of events and can see the difference that they make to those affected by incidents on the roads.”

The Road Victim’s Trust chief executive, Mark Turner, said: “The Trust is extremely grateful for the magnificent support of Bedfordshire Police which enables us to support all persons affected by a road death.

“The example set by Ben typifies the support received. It was very moving that a young person should devote so much time to helping others, and then selflessly present his prize money to the Trust.”