Children victims of crime will continue to receive the support they need, after Bedfordshire Police presented a cheque for more than £12,000 to the Embrace Children Victims of Crime (CVoC) charity yesterday (Thursday).
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Sebire presented the funds to the charity, all of which had been raised during 2016 by Bedfordshire Police officers and staff.
The charity provides practical, emotional, and specialist support across the county for children and teenagers across the country who have been victims of crime, as well as organising trips away such as a theme park days and family holidays to Disneyland.
In 2016 the force held a number of successful fundraising events for the charity, including a Relax and Retail Evening, cake sales, and several raffles. Officers and staff also went above and beyond in aid of the charity, including one officer who raised more than £2,000 by running the Great North Run, and an officer and police staff member who won a fishing competition and donated their £2,000 prize money.
T/ACC Sebire said: “This is a fantastic cause and I was honoured to present the cheque to Embrace CVoC today. The charity does incredible work changing the lives of young people and we’re looking forward to raising even more money for them in 2017.”
Ann Campbell, CEO of Embrace CVOC, said: “We were knocked out by the amount of money raised by Bedfordshire Police for the forgotten young victims of crime. We will ensure that all the money raised in the county will be spent on helping children and young people from Bedfordshire to cope with what’s happened, recover and move-on with their lives.
“Embrace CvoC is the only national charity that is solely focused on supporting children and young people either directly or indirectly affected by crime.”
The next fundraising event for the force will be the Milton Keynes Festival of Running, where a team of officers and staff are participating in races of varying distances, from 5k to 20 miles. You can sponsor the team here.