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25 April 

Police recruits raise over £2,400 for robotic surgery appeal

Essex Police Cheque
Photograph by Barrie White-Miller

New Essex police officers raised £2,413 for MEHT’s robotic surgery appeal after organising a series of charity events during their training.

Intake J1 at Essex Police College did a static cycle at the Meadows shopping centre in Chelmsford, ran a hugely successful quiz night at a packed-out police sports and social club and organised a football match.

The new officers kindly invited representatives from Mid Essex Hospitals Charity to their passing out parade at Essex Police headquarters and presented a cheque in front of an audience of local dignitaries and hundreds of their friends and family.

Passing out marks the end of the new recruits’ 18-week course to join the force. On a boiling hot day, the 59 new officers stood for over two hours in full uniform as they made the pledge to protect and serve the people of Essex.

PC James Rowntree led J1’s fundraising efforts and was pleased of the efforts of his colleagues, particularly as they’d managed to beat the totals raised by intakes J2 and J3 who passed out with them.

“The whole team were adamant that we’d break the £2000 barrier – it looks a lot better when you go out there to present the cheque! Training has been quite intense and now we’re getting ready to go out into the world. My highlight was the bike ride as the whole class came down and did their bit. The quiz night raised over £1000 and we got excellent auction donations from local companies.”

Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator at Mid Essex Hospitals Charity, said: ‘J1 did a brilliant job and it was fantastic to be invited along to see them all pass out. They should all be so proud of what they’ve achieved. The events they organised and amount they raised showed how determined they are to make a positive contribution to the community in Essex and we wish all of them long and successful careers.”