A team of volunteer police cadets from Leicestershire Police took part in this year’s Light the Lakes challenge, to raise money for a charity supporting the families of fallen officers.
Seven cadets took part in the challenge, which involved climbing 700 metres to reach the top of Pavey Ark, one of the Wainwright Peaks in the Lake District. The challenge took place overnight from Friday 22 June to the Saturday morning, with a synchronised lighting of beacons at 3am from the top of the peak.
The Cadets taking part were Josh Stone, Ryan Sheppard, Harley-Rose Sparks, Jennifer Simpson, Oliver Platts, Bradie Smith, and Siobhan Taylor Timson.
Volunteer Police Cadet Josh Stone, 15, said: “I had a fantastic time, the views were magical with the sunset and sunrise. The leaders were great and I learnt some really useful survival stuff from the mountain man. I really want to do it again next year. It was also nice to find out about how the COPS charity help police families – I never realised that it was so big and how much they do for people.”
On the Saturday morning, the cadets also decided to ascend 763 metres to reach Harrison Stickle before walking back to Langdale to catch their bus back to Leicester.
The cadets were accompanied by their cadet leaders, and a couple of parents came along too.
Inspector, and Cadet Leader, Paul Crewe helped to coordinate the team and said: “The cadets really impressed me, and they demonstrated determination, resilience and teamwork. They all really enjoyed it and we will be returning next year.”
The challenge takes place annually to raise funds for Care Of Police Survivors, the UK registered charity dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives while on duty. They aim to provide survivors with the help and support they need to cope with the loss of a loved one and ensure they remain part of the policing family.
Police Support Volunteer Oliver Stretton also took on the challenge, and climbed Whin Rigg with his mum and step-dad.
Police forces from across the country took part in the 2018 Light the Lakes challenge which has already raised over £10,000 for COPS – with this figure set to rise.
Light the Lakes challenge will continue until there are enough participants to light up every one of the 214 peaks simultaneously.