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Officers and staff to run between Sussex police stations for charity
Police Press Release
18 June 2012
ref- PR39388 /2012
Sussex Police officers and staff across the county will be pulling on their running shoes to complete a 185 mile route around the county's police stations in aid of charity.
Between Thursday 21 June and Saturday 23 June Sussex Police will be raising funds for The Chaseley Trust which runs residential nursing care and support services from its main home, Chaseley, which is currently home to Sergeant Wendy Dowman who was injured in a road collision.
On 5 September 2010, while off-duty, Sgt Dowman was involved in a collision on the A267 at Hellingly. 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.
During the relay officers and staff will run between 15 police stations across Sussex. At 7am on 21 June the run will start at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes, with Chief Constable Martin Richards and Deputy Chief Constable Giles York completing the first leg to Lewes police station. The relay will then go to Newhaven, Brighton, Worthing, Bognor Regis and Chichester police stations.
The following day, 22 June, the relay will start at Chichester police station then go to Horsham, Crawley, Gatwick and Haywards Heath police stations.
On the final day, 23 June, the relay will go between Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Battle, Hastings and Eastbourne police stations before finishing at Chaseley in Eastbourne.
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:
During the relay the runners will be supported by a team who will be collecting money along the route.
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