8 June 2021
Retired Derbyshire Police officer and now police staff member Malc Shakespeare will once again be taking part in a 180-mile charity bike ride to raise much-needed funds for Care of Police Survivors (COPS).
The annual Police Unity Tour (PUT), which is now in its ninth year, sees riders from forces across the nation come together to raise vital funds for the charity, which supports the families of officers who have died while on duty.
Malc will be part of Chapter XI, representing members from the East Midlands region, and is urging members from across the country to throw their support behind participants by donating.
“It’s never been more important to get behind us all and donate to this superb charity,” added Malc, who now works in the training department.
“Like so many other organisations, COPS was hit hard by the pandemic and events like the PUT were unfortunately cancelled last year due to the pandemic restrictions.
“Although fund-raising for the charity has been essentially put on hold for a year, they continue to provide the vital support needed to the families of our fallen colleagues.
“We must all get behind this fantastic charity, not just by way of supporting those who are taking part in a bike ride but in honour of those police officers who continue to be missed by all.”
This year’s PUT will begin on 30 July and will take place across three days, ending on 1 August.
During the event, each of the participants wears a wristband specifically dedicated to a fallen officer.
“It’s always such an honour to be once again taking part in an event like this,” added Malc, “At the last event, in 2019, we received an overwhelming amount of support and such a warm welcome, I’m anticipating the same this year. I’m calling on all my colleagues across the Force to donate.”
Support this year’s Derbyshire PUT team by donating at Malc’s Just Giving page.