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Running to honour fallen colleagues

11 Jan, 2020

British Transport
Police Federation
Jan 11, 2020

Running to honour fallen colleagues

For some of us the new year means new challenges and that's certainly the case for BTP Federation's General Secretary, Mark Marshallsay.

He is taking part in The Conqueror's 1083 mile Lands' End to John O'Groats Virtual Fitness Challenge to raise money for National Police Memorial Day (NPMD). He intends to complete the challenge in time for the NPMD service in September, which means running between 25 and 30 miles every week from now until then.

National Police Memorial Day was founded by Sergeant Joe Holness QPM after fellow Kent Police officer, PC Jon Odell was killed in December 2000. The charity, whose patron is His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, aims to: remember police officers who have been killed or died on duty; demonstrate to relatives, friends and colleagues of fallen officers that their sacrifice is not forgotten; recognise annually the dedication to duty and courage displayed by police officers.

Mark Marshallsay said: "As a police officer I know the impact the untimely death of a colleague has on the wider police family. As a Federation representative I have had the privilege of attending the National Police Memorial Day and seeing the lives of fallen officers honoured in a very proud and respectful way.

"The annual National Police Memorial Day (NPMD) service means so much to so many people from the families of officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice to, their friends and colleagues, and to the communities they serve. NPMD is a registered charity and needs our support to continue honouring the lives of our colleagues and ensuring their courage isn't forgotten."

Mark is a keen runner, but this is the biggest fitness challenge he has taken on so far. He said:

"The last year has been tough on all of us and running has helped me to stay mentally and physically well. This challenge gives me a goal to strive for and enables me to support a charity that is close to my heart."

Donations and messages of support can be given via Mark's JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mark-marshallsay