Police officers to pedal hundreds of miles to help fellow cops in their recovery

Police officer pals are to cycle hundreds of miles to help give a charity for fellow cops a boost.

Sergeants Mick Aspey and Jon Caisley will represent Northumbria Police in a peloton on Saturday as they plough funds into a programme to help the psychological wellbeing of their colleagues.

The pair are hoping to raise £1 per officer across their force, adding up to £3,000, as they join 20 other officers from across 17 forces in the inaugural Cycleogical Bike Ride: Going the Distance for the PTC.

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This year will see the Police Treatment Centres expand and extend its programme, with an extension to be built at St Andrew’s, Harrogate, to accommodate more officers.

The riders will travel 249 miles between the organisation’s two residential centres from Auchterarder, Scotland, to Harrogate, in less than 24 hours.

Sgt Aspey, who is based in Bedlington, said: “It’s a big challenge but an important one. Psychological wellbeing plays a huge part in all our lives and it’s crucial we do all we can to support that.”

To support the sergeants, visit https://virginmoneygiving.com/JonathanCaisley or text PTCRIDE 3 to 70085 to donate £3, PTCRIDE 5 to 70085 to donate £5 or PTCRIDE 10 to 70085 to donate £10.