MILE WITH A SMILE IN MEMORY OF PC GAVIN SMITH

Kind-hearted staff at Durham Constabulary have helped to raise more than £1,000 for us in memory of their colleague, PC Gavin Smith.

PC Gavin Smith’s family and colleagues present the money raised in his memory

Gav, who appeared in the Channel 5 TV series Police Interceptors, tragically lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

To show their support, 110 staff ran or walked a mile around Durham Police Headquarters earlier this year as part of their annual Mile with a Smile fundraising event.

Gav’s wife, Kezi, says: “The experience that both Gav and I had of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation was hugely positive.

“I hope this donation will go some way in helping them to continue their amazing work in developing new and effective ways of detecting and treating cancer, and hopefully give hope to other families in the future.”

PC Gavin Smith

Working together with County Durham Community Foundation, a total of £1,260 was raised and officially presented to us this week.

County Durham Community Foundation Chief Executive, Barbara Gubbins, says: “We are delighted to be working with Durham Constabulary managing their community fund and it’s brilliant to see what their staff have raised for such a worthy cause.”

Speaking on behalf of our Foundation, Liz Luff says: “It was a great pleasure to meet Gav’s family and colleagues at Durham Police HQ.

“This fundraising has obviously been very personal to them and we greatly appreciate everyone’s efforts.”