Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Colette Paul has handed over a cheque for £364.06 to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) after taking the Ice Bucket Challenge at Police HQ in August.
The Chief’s challenge – which can still be viewed on YouTube – took place in
front of 63 new officers who were taking part in their Passing Out parade. 58 of
them had just completed their twenty week training course, while the remainder
had joined earlier in the year and were already out on patrol. All the officers will be helping to deliver local policing across the county, bolstering operational capability and strengthening the frontline.
An additional 36 recruits have also just arrived at Kempston Police Headquarters forming part of an on-going recruitment programme.
Chief Constable Paul was one of millions of people across the world who took up the challenge of being doused in ice cold water to raise awareness and funds for MNDA. In the UK a staggering £7 million has been raised for MNDA which will allow
the charity to undertake a number of new initiates and research projects to help
sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease.
Speaking about the challenge, Chief Constable Paul said: “I didn’t have to think twice when I was nominated to take the Ice Bucket Challenge as it is such a fantastic cause which has taken the world by storm and raised a huge amount of money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
“I was also keen to take part in memory of my friend and former Deputy Assistant
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, John McDowall, who died in January 2012 after being diagnosed with the illness in 2008. John was a fantastic
police officer, a great friend and a true gentleman who is sorely missed by all those who knew him and had the absolute pleasure of working with him.
“I hope that the contribution made by myself and others from Bedfordshire Police goes a long way in supporting both sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease and their
families who also deal with this terrible illness.”
Rita Beaumont, North Bedfordshire Group Lead for the MNDA, said: “The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised a fantastic amount of money nationally for the charity as well as raising the profile of the organisation. The money has meant that new research to find a cure can be carried out while also offering assistance and support to carers and the families of those affected by the illness.
“Locally, donations such as this mean that we can offer group members a number of specialised trips or activities where their needs can be fully catered for. The
money kindly raised by Chief Constable Colette Paul is going to be used by our
group to pay for an extra special Christmas lunch and we thank everyone who has supported the Ice Bucket Challenge.”
You can watch Chief Constable Paul’s Ice Bucket Challenge by visiting http://youtu.be/U5SGvN6pcAk and if you wish to donate to MNDA then please visit their website www.mndassociation.org for information on how to do so.