From left to right: Marcus Williams, Caroline Danton, PC Tracy Sparrow, DCC John Long, PCC Sue Mountstevens, Brenda Spink, Lewis Thorne and Danni Noble
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens today presented a £2,000 cheque to charity after the sum of money was given to a Police Officer as a reward for her friendly attitude.
PC Tracy Sparrow was patrolling The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, earlier this month when she engaged with a group dressed as clowns completing challenges as part of a team–building exercise where the prize was a donation to a charity of their choice.
PC Sparrow was happy to oblige and helped the group to achieve their challenges but suggested that, should they win, they donate their prize to a charity close to her heart, Refuge, which supports women and children affected by domestic abuse.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “What a fantastically fun and innovative way of raising money for charity and I am pleased that PC Sparrow was able to help the group in achieving their challenge.
“Violence against women and children is a priority of mine, I was delighted to be able to present the money to Refuge as I am fully supportive of the fantastic work that they and other charities in this field do.”
The ‘clowns’ all work for local firm TC Group and their challenges included having their photo taken with a police officer – and squirting one with water.
PC Tracy Sparrow joined the PCC to accept the cheque from local firm TC Group and present it to Brenda Spink of Refuge at Police Headquarters, Portishead on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
PC Tracy Sparrow said: “Having previously worked on a unit tackling domestic abuse for 14 years I have seen the real people behind the harrowing statistics that one in four women and one in six men suffer abuse. I also feel that the children caught up in domestic situations should not be forgotten about.
“Refuge offer a fantastic range of therapies for the children as well as 24/7 support for the women affected. It has been a complete honour to help raise money for Refuge.”
Brenda Spink of Refuge said: “We are immensely grateful to all those involved but particularly Tracy for raising this money for Refuge. We rely on donations such as this to keep offering the service we do to women and children. It is fantastic what Tracy is doing and I can’t thank her enough.”
Last month Tracy was among police officers from around the country who abseiled down the Avon Gorge to raise money for the national charity. She is also going to be swimming with sharks and is planning a record-breaking ice-skate-athon to raise further funds for Refuge.
Posted on Tuesday 1st October 2013