A special T-shirt designed by an 11-year old Weymouth girl is to be worn by more than 100 police officers and staff when they take part in a sponsored charity walk along the breathtaking Dorset coast next month.
Raising money for Cancer Research UK, the Jurassic Plod will cover 50 miles and begins at West Bay near Bridport on Friday 6 June 2008 – finishing in the Purbeck quarrying village of Worth Matravers on Sunday 8 June, 2008.
Produced and sponsored for Dorset Police by Weymouth-based fashion chain New Look Men, the design on the special T-shirt is the work of 11 year old Jadene Ellis who attends the Radipole Primary School in Weymouth.
The result of a competition among Year Six pupils at the school, the new T-shirt was launched by Dorset Police Chief Constable Martin Baker and Superintendent Colin Stanger from HQ CID – both of whom are taking part in the Jurassic Plod – and Jadene Ellis as well as Arlene Corvan from New Look Men.
One of the event organisers is Mike Glanville, Head of CID for Dorset Police, who said: “Obviously, cancer touches all of us in some way or another and Dorset Police is no exception.
“Many of our colleagues and their families have been directly affected by this terrible disease and this event gives us an opportunity to at least contribute in some small way to the fantastic work which is undertaken by Cancer Research UK.”
Dorset Police has also received tremendous support from the Army at its Chickerell Camp and Lulworth military bases in Dorset where two teams have been entered into the event.
Dorset Police Chief Constable, Martin Baker, said: “We’ve had great support from the Army who have helped us enormously with accommodation and catering arrangements.
“As well as raising money for Cancer Research UK, we are also aiming to contribute towards the ‘Help for Heroes’ fund which has been set up to support wounded soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
A special party after the Jurassic Plod on July 17 will see organisers, walkers and sponsors be present for the handing over of the collection cheque to Cancer Research UK. The party will also see some additional fund-raising activity.