Some of our cops are gearing up to host a static bike ride this weekend in a bid to raise money for school boy in his fight against cancer.
On Saturday (November 24) officers from Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will be warming up for the challenge of keeping two static bikes spinning for a full 24 hours in the town centre.
The event – named ‘The Big Police Pedal Push’ – will see volunteers rack up around 600 miles as they cycle the distance between Rockcliff Rugby Club and Twickenham Stadium.
Officers will take turns to cycle from 11am to 11am to raise funds for local lad Olly Liddle who sadly lost his mother, Kerrie, to cancer when he was just seven-years-old before recently being diagnosed with the disease himself.
Olly, who is now 13, has recently had his lower right leg removed as part of ongoing treatment.
‘Rock4Olly’ was set up by Whitley Bay Rockcliff Rugby Club – who Olly had represented since the age of six - to help raise money and awareness in his brave fight against cancer.
Just like his Dad, Steve, and his brother Max, Olly has sported the club’s team colours from a young age.
The event will see neighbourhood cops joined by other guest police riders from across the Force, as well as rugby players and some of Olly’s team mates.
Members of the public are invited to come down and show their support during the day at Park View Shopping Mall on Saturday and Sunday. And when the centre is closed, the pedalling will carry on into the night at Whitley Bay police station.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Guy Morgan, of Northumbria Police, said:
“This event is a great way to raise awareness and money for an amazing local cause.
“We’re very proud to be supporting Rock4Olly and would love to have members of the local community along to cheer us on.
“The team are certainly up for the challenge – and we can’t wait to get stuck in!”
Martin Train, U14 Coach at Whitley Bay Rockcliff Rugby Football Club, said:
“When we first heard of Olly’s diagnosis, the coaches and his team mates were totally shocked but inspired to help.
“We have been overwhelmed by the way the club, the rugby family and the wider community have rallied around Olly’s cause.
“The challenge that the local police are taking on is absolutely amazing and many Rock4Olly supporters will be down to cheer them on.”
Olly is currently undergoing treatment at the Great North Children's Hospital in Newcastle.
If you would like to donate money to Rock4Olly ahead of the event, please visit: https://www.goldengiving.com/w/rock4olly
Some recent fundraising events have even involved Olly’s rugby team mates and school friends shaving their heads!
You can keep up to date with Whitley Bay NPT on Twitter @NPNWhitleyBay and Rock4Olly on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.