POLICE officers will put on their running shoes to raise money for a nursing home which cares for one of their colleagues.
Sgt Wendy Dowman was injured in a road collision on the A267 at Hellingly on September 5 2010. She was off-duty at the time and suffered serious injuries leaving her in a low awareness state, wheelchair-bound, and needing full support to meet her physical and social needs.
She is being looked after at Chaseley run by The Chaseley Trust in Eastbourne which gives residential nursing care and support services.
Sussex Police officers and staff will complete a 185 mile running relay following a 185 mile route between the 15 police stations across Sussex.
Chief Constable Martin Richards will wear his running shorts along with Deputy Chief Constable Giles York to start the run at 7am on June 21. They will complete the first leg to Lewes Police Station.
The relay will then go to Newhaven, Brighton, Worthing, Bognor Regis and Chichester police stations.
The next day (June 22) the relay will start at Chichester police station then go to Horsham, Crawley, Gatwick and Haywards Heath police stations.
On the final day (June 23) the relay will go between Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Battle, Hastings and Eastbourne police stations before finishing at Chaseley in Eastbourne.
Sgt Carrie Kwasniewski of Mid Sussex District Neighbourhood Policing Team organised the relay event to help Sgt Dowman.
She said: “I have known Sgt Wendy Dowman for almost my whole career. She is a very good friend and colleague.
“I went to visit Wendy just before Christmas and she is so well looked after at Chaseley that myself and colleagues decided we had to do something to support the charity.”
Chief Constable Martin Richards said: “I am looking forward to running the first leg of the relay to support The Chaseley Trust and the fantastic work the charity does.
“Chaseley has become a home for Sergeant Dowman and now we would like to do something to assist them with continuing to care for her and others who require nursing care.
“I would like to commend Sergeant Carrie Kwasniewski for her dedication in organising this event.”
Sue Wyatt, Chief Executive from Chaseley Trust, said: “It is wonderful that this event is taking place with so many officers participating to raise funds and awareness throughout Sussex for our charity. This will greatly benefit the people who use our services and we are enormously grateful to Sergeant Carrie Kwasniewski for taking the initiative to organise this amazing relay.”
The Chaseley Trust was initially set up in 1946 to look after servicemen and ex-servicemen at its main Home, Chaseley.
The Trust also has a second innovative nursing home comprising of detached and semi-detached bungalows.
Nowadays, Chaseley cares for adults from the age of 18 with all types of disability, from spinal injury, acquired brain injury and stroke, to multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and a wide range of other neurological conditions.
Covering a wide age range, Chaseley Home and Bungalows have a ‘family’ feel where everyone feels valued and their input welcomed.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the runners is asked to visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/carriekwasniewski1
During the relay the runners will be supported by a team who will be collecting money along the route.
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