Guess who’s raised more than £5,500 in 30 days!
PC Ian Milbourne, better known as Jackie after the Newcastle football legend, was given a hero’s welcome when he crossed the final finish line of a gruelling charity challenge which saw him run 393 miles in 30 days.
Yesterday (Thursday) the selfless officer who works in Newcastle’s West End ran his final mile of a fast-paced challenge which saw him complete 30 half marathons throughout June for charity Amy and Friends.
The organisation supports children living with Trichothiodystrophy (TTD) – a rare genetic condition which affects PC Milbourne’s son Cameron and hosts a yearly conference bringing families together and offering them life-changing help and support.
When 10-year-old Cameron was first diagnosed he was only one of around 200 children in the world with an official diagnosis – and it was his ambitious idea which saw his dad take on the mean feat.
As he crossed the finish line in Wylam, PC Milbourne’s herculean effort was celebrated by his nearest and dearest, with Cameron and colleagues from across the Force running the final leg with him and a crowd cheering his achievements.
Northumbria Police’s Chief Constable Winton Keenen QPM was one of those waiting at the finish line.
He said: “To run 30 half-marathons in 30 days is an unbelievable effort which requires both mental and physical strength and I congratulate PC Milbourne on his fantastic fundraising endeavours.
“Witnessing PC Milbourne complete the challenge on behalf of his son and the charity which supports him and his family was a special moment, and really does show just how dedicated and determined our officers are to making a difference, both in and out of uniform.”
PC Milbourne said: “This is something I never thought I’d be able to do as I wasn’t ever a keen runner. But, after going to the yearly conference Amy and Friends hosted, I knew I needed to do something to raise money for them as they changed our lives, and enabled Cameron to meet other children just like him, which he’d never been able to do before.
“It was actually Cameron who challenged me to do this, and it’s been so hard and there’s been times I wasn’t sure I could keep going, but his enthusiasm and excitement is what got me across the finish line.
“Seeing everyone there last night cheering me on and supporting the charity was really moving and it’s been great that so many friends and colleagues have joined me throughout the month to help keep me going. It’s something I’ll never forget. Every penny donated helps change the lives of families and children living with a really unique and rare genetic condition, so I’m happy to help.”
PC Milbourne is a prime example of how our officers go that extra mile both personally and professionally. If you think you have what it takes, or are interested in joining our policing family, then take a look at our careers pages .
If you would like to donate to his cause, please follow the link to his JustGiving page: Sarah-ann Bennett-milbourne is fundraising for Amy and Friends (justgiving.com)