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Northumbria Police officers take part in a charity bike ride to raise funds for psychological wellbeing programmes
14 Jun | 16:59

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 forces to take part in its most ambitious fundraising challenge to date.

On June 22, 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.

The riders will set off from The Police Treatment Centres in Auchterarder, Scotland and aim to reach the Centres in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in less than 24 hours- a total distance of 249 miles.

Sgt Mick Aspey and Sgt Jon Caisley will be representing Northumbria Police during the peloton and hope to raise the equivalent of £1 per officer in Northumbria Police which equates to over £3,000.

Sgt Aspey 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. Whether it is fundraising for programmes or just doing something to raise awareness for increased psychological support for police staff and officers - it’s all important.”

Sgt Caisley said: “It’s a worthy cause and fingers crossed that we can help raise some money for this fantastic programme. So far we’ve had a great response from the public and our colleagues- I think everyone understands the pressure officers can face and that sometimes we need to reach out and ask for help too.”

At The Police Treatment Centres they 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.  They have two residential rehabilitation Centres, one in Auchterarder and one in Harrogate.

Northumbria Police’s Chief Constable Winton Keenen said: “I am proud to support Jon and Mick in their challenge. The health and wellbeing of police officers, staff and volunteers in Northumbria Police is a priority of mine and I’m pleased to be able to show my support. As a keen cyclist myself, I appreciate how much of a challenge the 249mile bike ride is; cycling that far in less than 24 hours will take immense effort and determination.

“The Psychological Wellbeing Programme at the Police Treatment Centre currently helps a third of all officers who visit the centres.  It is a worthy cause and any donations would be hugely welcomed to enable the programme to expand and meet the increasing need for wellbeing support for the police family.”

The Police Treatment Centres 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.

Supporting the event is easy! You can visit the online giving pages at:

PTCRIDE 3 to 70085 to donate £3.00

PTCRIDE 5 to 70085 to donate £5.00

PTCRIDE 10 to 70085 to donate £10.00


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