Police start 185m relay run at Lewes

Chief Constable Martin Richards (left) and Deputy Chief Constable Giles York (right) starting the relay at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes.
Chief Constable Martin Richards (left) and Deputy Chief Constable Giles York (right) starting the relay at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes.
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SUSSEX Police Chief Constable Martin Richards this morning (Thursday June 21) ran the first leg of a 185 mile relay run around the county’s police stations.

The run is taking place until Saturday to raise funds for The Chaseley Trust in Eastbourne whose main home, Chaseley, is currently home to Sergeant Wendy Dowman.

Sergeant Dowman was injured in a collision on the A267 at Hellingly on September 5 2010.

As a result of the injuries she sustained in the collision Wendy appears to remain in a low awareness state, is wheelchair bound, therefore requiring full support with meeting all her physical and social needs.

The Chief Constable was joined on the first leg of the relay by Deputy Chief Constable Giles York.

Officers and staff from across Sussex Police are each running a leg of the route which goes between 15 police stations in Sussex.

Tomorrow evening (Friday) Assistant Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney will run a leg of the route.

The relay event has been organised by Sergeant Carrie Kwasniewski of Mid Sussex District Neighbourhood Policing Team.

She said: “I have known Sergeant 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.

Follow Chaseley Trust Facebook or their website http://www.chaseley.org.uk/

Today the relay is due to take place at Lewes, Newhaven, Brighton, Worthing, Bognor and Chichester.

Tomorrow it will go to Chichester, Horsham, Crawley, Gatwick and Haywards Heath and on Saturday Battle, Hastings, Eastbourne and to Chaseley.