We are fundraising to support Call4Backup by climbing the tallest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24 hours. A team of 8 of us, all of which are Criminology and Policing students at the University of Plymouth are willing to set aside our need to walk for the rest of May by completing the Three Peaks Challenge. This is 23 miles of walking, ascending a total of 3064 meters - in less than 24 hours, as well as a round trip of 1300 miles of driving within this time frame. As well as our impending deadlines over the next few months - collectively amounting to more than 80,000 words, we will have to train hard in order to see this challenge through, pushing ourselves to the brink of breaking, pushing through the all-night library sessions, hours of trek-training and part-time jobs (and of course the odd jagerbomb). For the majority of us, this is a brand new experience and will have never set foot on a hill, let alone a mountain.
The charity we are fundraising for is close to many of us terrified trekkers hearts, with some of us heading towards a career in the police service, and some being part-time Special Constables. Call4Backup is a charity aimed at essentially rehabilitating police officers who have seen things and experienced stress that very few of us could comprehend. Call4Backup help officers, both retired and serving, that suffer with stress, PTSD, family life issues, financial difficulties and much more.
Without the positive health and welfare of our police officers, the person that stole your Nan's purse, the person that was driving irresponsibly or under the influence of drugs or alcohol through your quiet town and past your young children's school, the terrorist that detonates a suicide bomb in our Capital City and your noisy neighbor would not be dealt with in the most effective way possible. These police officers are the ones that run into dangerous situations when the general public run away, and are expected to do so over and over again without it damaging their mental capabilities. They endure abuse and scrutiny from the general public, but are still there when you need them. They are our everyday heroes, we are asking for a donation towards the operation of this charity, of which without donations wouldn't be able to provide such an invaluable service.