Yesterday , Monday 7th of June, 55 riders from the Bluelight Cycling Club finished their first charity ride that has seen them raise nearly £15,000 for the Care of Police Survivors Charity (COPS).
The riders set off last Friday 4th of June from the Mall on a four day tour that has seen them ride over 300 miles to Northampton, Cambridge, Surrey and finish at the Mall in London.
The riders were joined on route by ambassadors such as Former England rugby players Martin Johnson, Austin Healy and Andy Goode, alongside Scottish ex Commonwealth Track cyclist Chris Pritchard. The team were also joined by Daisy Godfrey who lost her father Ian Godfrey a serving police officer, who lost his life at the age of just 30 years old. Daisy has since dedicated her time to raise money for COPS.
The event concluded outside of the National Police Memorial in the Mall where Lady Winner welcomed them back and Chief Superintendent Roy Smith laid a wreath for his fallen colleagues.
The National Police Memorial was designed by Lord Foster and unveiled in 2005. It is there to honour all serving officers and those who have died in the line of duty.
Following the shooting of Yvonne Fletcher in 1984, Sir Michael Winner founded the Police Memorial Trust and gave £500,000 to the campaign for a national police memorial.
Yesterday, his wife Lady Winner laid flowers for all those who died serving their country.
Chief Superintendent Roy Smith paid tribute to the cyclists, saying : “A massive thank you to all of you. There can be nothing more honourable than remembering the lives of those who served in the same uniform and lost their life in the line of duty.
“My sincere gratitude and thanks for making sure colleagues we love and lost maybe gone, but never forgotten.”
A minute’s silence was observed for fallen colleagues.
Well done to all the riders for this fantastic achievement.