Cycleogical Bike Ride Press Release

In 2019, The Police Treatment Centres will be expanding and extending its Psychological Wellbeing Programme.

A state of the art extension will be built at St Andrews, Harrogate to accommodate more officers onto the already successful programme.

To support this project, The Police Treatment Centres have asked its 23 constituent forces to take part in its most ambitious fundraising challenge to date!

On 22nd June 2019, 22 riders will take part in the inaugural Cycleogical Bike Ride: Going the Distance for the PTC. The peloton are made up of 22 police officers across 17 of our constituent forces.

Chief Inspector Richard Close from West Yorkshire Police is due to take part.

Richard will join colleagues to set off from The Police Treatment Centres in Auchterarder, Scotland and aim to reach the Centres in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in under 24 hours…a total distance of 249 miles!! No mean feat!

At The Police Treatment Centres we provide residential based intensive physiotherapy treatment and psychological support to serving police officers, whether they have been injured on or off duty. This support allows them to get back to full health and full duties as quickly as possible.  We have two residential rehabilitation Centres, one in Auchterarder in Scotland and one in Harrogate.

The PTC make a difference to the lives of around four thousand Officers each year from 23 forces in England, North Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as well as British Transport Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Ministry of Defence Police.

The majority of our funding is from Police Officers themselves who make donations to be eligible for free treatment. However, with the reduction in Police Officers nationally, there has been a loss in income for the charity. Therefore it is vital that the PTC fundraise to ensure that it remains in existence for the long term; allowing it to continue to provide treatment for both Serving and Retired Officers.

The peloton will raise funds for an expansion to our Psychological Wellbeing Programme. 1 in 3 officers attending our Centres do so to receive Psychological Wellbeing Treatment. At the PTC we believe it is our responsibility to meet the increasing need for wellbeing support for the police family.

We hope that the Cycleogical Bike Ride will raise not only funds but awareness of the need for increased Psychological Support for Serving Police Officers. Our 22 riders are hoping to raise at least £1 per officer in their force, and have organised everything from cake stalls to dinner dances!

Supporting the event is easy! You can visit the online giving pages at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/PTCCycleogical

Or you can donate and text:

PTCRIDE 3 to 70085 to donate £3

PTCRIDE 5 to 70085 to donate £5

PTCRIDE 10 to 70085 to donate £10

Chief Inspector Richard Close, said

“Many of us in West Yorkshire Police will have first-hand knowledge or experience of this subject and the impact it can have in our day to day lives.

“My ambition is to raise £5000 and I am grateful for the donations that have already starting to come in.

“I have been training hard and it is a sport I enjoy, but this is something which I can do on a very personal level to help colleagues who might need to use these services now and in the future.”

 

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