David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

David J. Farley of Plympton, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Police Campaign For Wounded Troops - Help For Heroes

The Sun Newspaper Backs Police Campaign For Wounded Troops (Sat, 26 March 2011)
Courtesy of: Karen Thomas - Police Oracle. The Sun has thrown its weight behind a Police Service campaign to Raise £1m for Help for Heroes after rallying A-list celebrities to their cause.

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and glamour model Peta Todd are among the high-profile names that are now firmly behind police efforts to boost funds to support wounded Armed Forces personnel and their families.

Troops of all ranks, many of whom have been assisted by the charity, have also praised big-hearted officers for starting the campaign.

As reported on Police Oracle yesterday, personnel are being urged to contribute through a number of different channels from payroll giving, organising or participating in sponsored events and buying specially-commissioned items.

An official lapel pin - ACPO-approved to wear with the uniform - is available through Police Oracle and all the proceeds from each sale will go towards Help for Heroes.

AC Ian McPherson of the Metropolitan Police, who started the Service campaign to support the charity in 2009 while CC of Norfolk, urged officers and staff at the launch of The Sun initiative "to do their bit".

Click play to watch AC Ian McPherson explain why officers should "give an hour"

Supporting the initiative, a dedicated website - www.policeoracle.com/helpforheroes - will keep a tally of all the money raised by individual forces and monitor progress towards the £1m target.

Mark Elliott, the Head of External Operations for Help for Heroes, praised The Sun for getting involved with the campaign – and said the police had set an outstanding "benchmark" with the Raise £1m campaign.

He said: "Thank you for what you have done and what you are going to do. An hour is not a lot of time but it is invaluable to Help for Heroes.

"It is simple and something that we all can do - please spread the word."

Although many individual officers have already put a lot of time into raising almost £100,000 for the charity, a national committee has been formed to coordinate the grass-roots efforts.

This will ensure the police commitment to the cause is more widely recognised by colleagues and the public.

Click on the Help for Heroes logo anywhere on www.policeoracle.com/helpforheroes for all the details on how to get involved in Raising £1m for the brave men and women injured while serving their country.

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