Police force's baking effort wins praise
Staff at Berwick police station have received special praise for their charity efforts.
Around £8,700 was raised for Cancer Research UK and Lupus UK last week as Northumbria Police held a day of charity ‘bake it’ events.
From as far north as Berwick to the very south of Houghton, officers and staff at stations across the whole of the force area got involved in the charity day by baking pies and cakes and holding bake sales and a prize raffle.
Central Area Command Chief Superintendent Laura Young and Southern Chief Inspector Clare Langley were responsible for coming up with the idea behind the charity events but enlisted the help of colleagues from right across the force and everyone from the force cadets to Chief Constable Steve Ashman got involved.
Chief Supt Laura Young said: “To raise such a large amount of money for charity is absolutely amazing and I’d like to thank everyone who baked, cooked, bought raffle tickets and donated for all of their help and support.
“It was a fantastic day, and there was a real buzz throughout the whole force as everyone got involved in the event and I have to make special mention of our staff in Berwick who sold 1,000 raffle tickets there alone.”
Chief Insp Clare Langley added: “We’ve raised a lot of money for two fantastic charities and I was overwhelmed with the generosity of our staff and officers.
“People really went above and beyond with their efforts and I’m so proud that we were able to raise so much for charity.
“I’d like to thank everyone who donated the prizes for the raffle and everybody who came together for the benefit of two very important charities that we are proud to support.”