The Treatment Centres is now, more than ever in need of your support to help fund its annual running costs. Taking part in sponsored fundraising events/challenges are great ways to help us raise money, and we offer you all the support you need.
Your amazing efforts really will help us to make sure that the Police Treatment Centres can continue providing vital treatment and support to help officers return to better health and get back to work sooner. There are so many ways you can get involved –Take part in an organised event, or plan your own!
Taking Part in an Organised Event
Take up a challenge and become a PTC Fundraising Hero! Whether it's a cycle, swim, run, walk or something a bit adventurous...there are plenty of ways you can support the PTC.
Stuck for inspiration? There are plenty of national events that you can part in and fundraise for the PTC! You could also sign up to our annual Back on the Beat Sportive...
Take a look at our Calendar of Events for 2019 for even more ways to get involved!
Fancy an extreme challenge in 2020? There are plenty of ways you can get involved through Global Adventures. To secure your place to raise for the PTC just follow the links below:
Lapland Husky Trail - 28th March 2020 - 4th April 2020 or click here to download the brochure for more information.
3 Peaks Challenge - 19th June - 21st June 2020 or click here to download the brochure for more information.
3 Peaks Challenge - 4th September - 6th September 2020 or click here to download the brochure for more information.
Land's End to John O'Groats Cycle - 25th August - 6th September 2020 or click here to download the brochure for more information.
Organise Your Own Event!
Holding a fundraising event is a fantastic way to support The Treatment Centres, and there are plenty of things you can do!
Your event could be a bike ride, a run or even a head shave...just about anything! From Ale Tasting to Zumba - check out our A-Z of Fundraising Ideas & get inspired!
If you’re raising funds for the Police Treatment Centres we’d love to hear about it. Contact us today on 01423 504448 or email us to receive your free Fundraising Hero Kit and to have a chat about your ideas.
Fundraising Hero Kit
When you become a Fundraising Hero we will send you a Fundraising Hero Kit and merchandise to give you all the tools and ideas you need to make your event a success.
Get in touch with us and we can provide:
- Fundraising Hero Kit
- Sponsorship Forms
- Gift Aid Forms
- Letter of Authorisation
- Template Press Release
Online fundraising pages are a great way of raising funds - chose Virgin Money Giving or JustGiving and start fundraising!
Take a look at some success stories from our current 2019 Fundraising Heroes:
North Wales Police Snowdon Challenge
Date Published: 30/05/19
In the early hours of Thursday 30th May, members of North Wales Police climbed Snowdon in the dark to raise money for Hafal, Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and The Police Treatment Centres.
Sergeant Tom Prytherch organised the event as part of his wider 'Cerdded Cymraeg' initiative which encourages police officers, staff, friends and family members to get some exercise by walking and to practive chatting in Welsh.
The group set off at 1am in the morning and reached the summit at sunrise. The team decided to split their fundraising between the three charities as all provide essential services and support for the communities of North Wales and we would love your help to raise as much as we can to help them to continue their work.
The Team raised a fantastic £352.38 for the PTC! Thank you and a huge congratulations!
Nicola and Christopher Hilton complete Marathon Challenge
Date Published: 29/05/19
Nicola and Christopher Hilton have raised nearly £1,000 for the PTC by completing a series of marathons.
Culminating in the Wigan 1/2 Marathon earlier this year. A huge thank you to Nicola and Christopher for all of their efforts over the last 12 months. The amazing total will go towards helping the PTC's police family patients when they need it the most.
Chris Completes Iron Man Challenge
Date Published: 29/05/19
Fundraising Hero Chris Birks recently took on the Ironman70.3 Staffordshire!
Chris put himself through a continuous:
1.2 mile swim
56 mile cycle
13.1 mile run
All in aid of the PTC! The PTC is close to Chris' heart...his Mom is Head Nurse at St Andrews and his Dad used the Centres throughout the 90s.
Chris managed an impressive time of 7 hours and 9 minutes and said he would do it all again!
Chris has so far managed to raised over £500, and wishes for his fundraising to be put towards the PTC's Psychological Wellbeing Programme.
Help support Chris' goal and read more of his story here
2018 Fundraising Total
Date Published: 04/02/19
A huge thank you to all of our 2018 Fundraising Heroes...your fantastic efforts raised an amazing £16,558.90 for The Police Treatment Centres!
Our fundraising heroes took part in everything from half marathons, Iron Man Challenges to Sheep Dog Trials!
You can also become a fundraising hero and get involved in 2019! Just take a look at our events calendar for plenty of ideas!
This year the PTC has also purchased five charity places for the Stirling Half Marathon on 28th April 2019. Just pledge to raise at least £150 for the PTC and secure your place!
Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place on the Stirling 1/2 Marathon or to find out more about our calendar of events for 2019!
Graeme Openshaw Takes On Manchester Marathon
Date Published: 04/02/19
Fundraising Hero Graeme Openshaw will be taking on the Manchester Marathon on 7th April 2019 in aid of The Police Treatment Centres!
On 16th September 2017 Graeme was involved in a serious road traffic accident. He came off his bicycle and broke his left arm and leg. Graeme spent 8 days in hospital and faced a long road to recovery.
Throughout his career Graeme had always donated to the Police Treatment Centre and in December 2017 he spent 2 weeks at the PTC centre in Harrogate receiving excellent physio and other treatment.
"The staff were exceptional and literally got me back on my feet. Within a month I was back at work and running again. I wouldn’t have recovered as quickly without the PTC.The PTC receives 90% of its funding from police officers and staff both serving and retired, but it couldn’t do it’s work without fund raising. The PTC treats over 4000 members of the police family every year, proving treatment for physical and mental well-being.
When I started running 3 years ago to get back in shape I told my friends ‘this will not end up in me doing a marathon’. On Sunday 7th April 2019 I will be taking part in my first marathon, the ASICS Manchester Marathon. I will be motivated knowing that I will be raising money for the PTC and in some small way repaying them for the care they gave me."
You can read more about Graeme's amazing story and donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/graeme-openshaw
Manchester 1/2 Marathon
Date Published: 26/11/18
Our fantastic five fundraisers completed the Manchester ½ Marathon on a very wet Sunday morning! Despite the heavy rain several of our fundraisers completed the course in personal best times!
All of our fundraisers received a free charity place into the Marathon and committed to raising at least £100 each for the PTC. So far the team have raised an amazing £1,392.34…with plenty more donations to come in.
Thank you from everyone at the PTC!!!
If you fancy taking up a challenge for the PTC find out more here: https://bit.ly/2kqg4gZ
John MacRae and The Edinburgh Sheepdog Trials
Date Published: 17/09/18
John MacRae and The Edinburgh Sheepdog Trials
John MacRae is a retired Police Officer who started his career with the Edinburgh City Police, as they were then called, and retired 30 years later from Lothian and Borders Police. While still a serving officer John took up trialling sheepdogs as a hobby and competing in sheepdog trials against farmers and shepherds from around the country. In 1976 John started the Edinburgh Open Sheepdog Trials and has run the Trials each year ever since.
When he first started running the trials he wanted to donate the money raised at the event to a good cause and when a Federation Rep suggested The St. Georges’ Police Children Trust he decided that it should indeed be the beneficiary of any funds raised. John then went on to run the trials and donate the money to SGPCT each year from 1976 until 1996. It was in 1996 that the PTC established its second treatment centre in Auchterarder and Castlebrae opened its doors to injured officers. John then decided that he wanted to support Castlebrae as well, so from that year onwards split the money raised between the two charities with St. George’s Police Children Trust and The Police Treatment Centres each getting 50% of the takings.
Those donations have come in from John every year since, which means that in total John has now been raising funds for one or both of the charities each year for an amazing 42 years. Last year the event raised £400, the year before £300, but multiply that kind of amount by 42 and you will see that John has over the years raised thousands of pounds for SGPCT and the PTC. We think this is a fantastic story and an amazing example of dedicated support to two very worthwhile charities. John’s son is a serving officer who has used the facilities at Castlebrae before so he is well aware of the good work that his sheepdog trials help fund.
This year PTC Deputy CEO, Paul Grant, and Castlebrae Donor Engagement Officer, Graeme Addison went along to the trials to watch the amazing sheepdogs compete with their owners and to present the prizes at the end of the day. They even presented John with a little gift from the charities as a thank you for all his years of support.
Mini Fundraising Hero
Date Published: 12/09/18
A huge well done to #minifundraisinghero Finley Cornfield who completed the Mini Great North Run last weekend!
Finley did all this to support his mom, Tracy, who has attended the PTC on a number of occasions. Tracy is a serving police officer with Durham Constabulary and was diagnosed with PTSD last year. Tracy attended the centre was impressed by the facilities; ' The staff were extremely hard working and non judgmental. They provide support with physiotherapy, counselling and have a fantastic wellbeing programme. They provide officers with much needed time away to assist in their recovery. '
Finley has so far raised over £800...it would be great to reach the £1k mark! You can read more about why Finley took part and donate at:https://bit.ly/2wRtGWD
Wigan 10K Complete!
Date Published: 12/09/18
Nicola and her husband Chris have set themselves the challenge of completing various running events around Wigan in aid of the Police Treatment Centres.
Nicola has been to the Centres and feels that it is a wonderful place for her to get better; 'The Treatment Centres are a Charity and reply on us to keep going. So I have decided to fundraise to give something back. Chris and I have done the Wigan 5k already and will be taking on the Wigan 10K in September 2018.'
Unfortunately, Nicola was unable to complete the Wigan 10K due to injury, however her husband Chris held the fort! Nicola and Chris have their sights firmly set on the Wigan Half Marathon in 2019. They have so far raised £200 for the PTC!
To read more about their story and donate to their challenge visit their JustGiving Page at; https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nicola-hilton8
Iron Man Triathlon
Date Published: 07/09/18
Fundraising Hero, Inspector Alex Taylor completed the Bolton IronMan Triathlon all in aid of the PTC. Alex put himself through:
2.5 mile swim
112 mile cycle
26.2 mile marathon
Alex surpassed his goal and completed the course in an amazing 10hrs and 59 minutes! As well as this fantastic achievement, Alex also raised a whopping £1,437.86 for the PTC.
Alex explained: " I have been a police officer in Manchester for 21 years. If it wasn't for the Police Treatment Centres I sincerely doubt that I would be a fully operational officer, if a police officer at all. Over the years they have helped me overcome many issues through treatment including:
- Broken back
- Broken leg
- Broken shoulderTorn bicep/rotator cuff
Despite metalwork in various parts of my body and being told by the surgeon after my leg rebuild I’d never be able to run, I am now a keen cyclist and runner. That I am able to do that is thanks to the Police Treatment Centre at Harrogate. I was initially going to attempt the event just for me, to show myself what I can do when I put my mind to it despite all the injuries/metalwork and to hopefully inspire my kids. However, over time I thought it selfish to keep it quiet as there was the opportunity to raise money for the organisation that has made it possible for me to actively play with my kids; run, cycle, swim, and cope better with what life and the job throws at me."
During his visits to the PTC, Alex benefited enormously from the use of the Centre's WattBike. Alex wished for his funds to be used to purchase another WattBike Pro. The new WattBike is now installed and already getting a lot of use. We cannot thank Alex enough for his amazing efforts and support of the PTC.
Team Agile Walk
Date Published: 06/09/18
On 26th September, Corporate Partner Agile ICT completed their Cleveland Way Walk from Runswick Bay to Saltburn.
The team has so far raised over £350.00 for the PTC and the amount continues to rise. You can read more about their challenge and donate at :
Trek Fest 2018
Date Published: 06/09/18
On 1st September, Stella Dawson and Becky Clarkson completed the Peaks TrekFest 25k 2018.
Stella and Becky are both Response Officers for Cheshire Constabulary. Stella herself has benefited from treatment at the Centres and wanted to fundraise for the cause.
The Peaks TrekFest challenge route encompasses an impressive network of footpaths and bridleways, beginning and ending in the beautiful Hope Valley.
Stella and Becky have already smashed their fundraising target, but please take a look at their justgiving page to read more and donate to their amazing challenge! #fundraisingheroes
Three Peaks Complete!
Date Published: 20/08/18
David Pattimore, of Rotherham Intel Cell completed the National Three Peaks Challenge in 23 hours and 19 minutes...time to spare!
This challenge includes reaching the top of the highest
points in England, Scafell Pike - over 800m, Wales, Mount Snowden - over 1000m
and Scotland Ben Nevis - over1300m within 24hrs.
David took on the challenge to raise money for the PTC and has raised an amazing £1,275!!!
David said; "The walk was harder than expected both physically and
mentally. The hardest parts were the descents with cramp and the risk of
falling high on the agenda! However the rewards outweighed the negatives."
Well done to David for raising such an amazing amount for the PTC!
Date Published: 10/08/18
On 23rd September, retired South Yorkshire Sergeant, Andy Wilson and his goddaughter Louise will take on the Ilkley Triathlon in aid of the Police Treatment Centres.
Andy is a long term supporter of the PTC and has experienced its benefit first hand. Andy also wishes to fundraise for the PTC in memory of Louise's dad who sadly took his own life in 1995 whilst a serving officer.
Please take a look at Andy and Louise's story and donate at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/louiseandy2036
David's Three Peaks
Date Published: 11/07/18
On Thursday 12th July David Pattimore is taking on the National Three Peaks in aid of The Police Treatment Centres!
This challenge consists of Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Mount Snowden...all in 24 hours.
David has this to say about his upcoming challenge; ' The training has consisted of walks, generally to the local pub and rugby related fitness, which will probably not help at al! I am working on the theory that I have been walking all my life so no further training required. The team consists of my dad as driver and 3 other walkers.
I have been kindly and fully supported by all four districts within South Yorkshire and the Sports and Social section who have donated the use of the force mini bus. Local companies have also donated money in exchange for some advertising.
The weather looks good, the team is set and the route marked. All that is left now is to put on boot and go for a '24 hour stroll'!!'
Best of luck David!
Katie Takes on a Muddy Challenge
Date Published: 04/07/18
West Yorkshire Officer, Katie Madden is taking on the Yorkshire 10 mile Tough Mudder Challenge in aid of The Police Treatment Centres.
Tough Mudder is a 10 mile mud and
obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your
physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or
clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line.
Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and
accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.
Katie has been an Officer for over 16 years and a fantastic ambassador for The Police Treatment Centres. To read more about Katie's PTC journey and to donate, take a look at her JustGiving Page! Please help Katie reach her target in this muddy challenge!
Katie's JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katiemadden769
Donna Goodwin Completes Tough Mudder Challenge
Date Published: 22/06/18
A huge well done to Donna Goodwin and her team: Zak Goodwin, Shaun Goodwin, Aiden Garner and Joe Melbourne for completing the epic Tough Mudder, all in aid of the The Police Treatment Centres !!
Donna said she really enjoyed the race and it was all for a good cause; even though it was muddy and emotional!
You can still donate to Donna's challenge on her JustGiving Page:
Flying High for The Police Treatment Centres
Date Published: 22/06/18
Thank you to #FundraisingHero Rebecca Foy who recently completed her skydive in aid of The Police Treatment Centres.
Rebecca has attended St Andrews for treatment and completed her tandem skydive on 4th May. She said; "It was a perfect day for the jump, with clear blue skies above a thin layer of cloud. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and I would definitely recommend it if anybody has it on their Bucket List. The PTC helped me after an injury on duty, and do brilliant work to help us get back to fitness/good health, and I wanted to give something back to help anybody who needs them in the future.”
Rebecca has so far raised an amazing £290 and is so close to her £300 target! Take a look at her JustGiving page to read her story and also help her achieve her fundraising target!
Eric Flatman Completes Epic Cycle Challenge
Date Published: 15/06/18
Fundraising Hero Eric Flatman completed his amazing cycle ride from Doncaster to Ypres covering a staggering 200 miles!
Eric said "the ride was great, a little challenging in parts, but with a group consisting of ex colleagues we pushed each other through. Four of the group had been to The Police Treatment Centres for treatment, so knew what the fundraising was all about!.' Eric also thanked Doncaster NARPO for their donation of £80 and also for the wreath laid at Menin Gate.
Eric has beaten his fundraising target, but his JustGiving Page is still open. Take a look at Eric's story and donate here:
Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths Takes On Hadrian's Wall Challenge
Date Published: 15/06/18
Police Superintendents’ Association Vice President Paul Griffiths will be walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall non-stop to raise money for Police Treatment Centres in his 2018 charity challenge.
He plans to hike the entire 84 miles of the historic wall in less than 36 hours. Paul’s previous challenges for police charities included last year’s HQ rides, where he rode to every police HQ in England and Wales, covering 2,100 miles and raising £4200.
He has also completed the UK Three Peaks Challenge in 24 hours and walked the entire 870 miles of the Welsh coastline. Paul said: “Following last year’s HQ rides was always going to be a feat in itself, but I am really looking forward to this one. I have had superb support in all of my challenges, not only from our members but from right across the service, with people coming with me, sponsoring me, or giving me lifts and places to stay. It shows what a big heart the service has, and the money raised will help Police Treatment Centres continue providing vital treatment and support to help officers and staff return to better health. Walking the wall is a new experience for me and I can’t wait to get started - and not a bike in sight!”
Starting at 0600 on Monday 6th August at Wallsend, Tyneside, Paul will finish by 1800 the following day in Bowness-on-Solway. He is aiming to raise £1000 for the PTC!
You can see more about Paul's challenge and donate to his cause on his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Paul-GriffithsPTC.
Liverpool RocknRoll Half Marathon
Date Published: 06/04/18
Julie Battle will be rocking and rolling through the streets of Liverpool in the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on 20th May 2018!
Julie has visited the PTC twice in her career and has valued from the input of both Programmes. We are so pleased that we have been able to help Julie recover and here she explains why she is taking on this challenge and fundraising for the PTC; “As I approached the end of my second stay in two years at St Andrews PTC in Harrogate I knew I needed to give something back. The centre had helped me recover twice, getting me back on the beat.
I am a mother to two young girls and I work full time as a response sergeant for North Yorkshire Police. After slipping in the snow in 2016, breaking my right arm in two places and snapping the thumb tendon the road to recovery took 8 months. The 2 weeks at Harrogate PTC gave me intense physiotherapy, improving my arm strength and mobility aiding a speedy recovery. In early 2018 I hit breaking point with several problems in my personal life and a critical incident at work which resulted in a period of sickness. I was accepted onto the Psychological Wellbeing Programme in Harrogate and the two weeks changed my mind-set and outlook moving forward. The staff are all so happy to help and want to see you well again, both mentally and physically.
I intend to run the Liverpool Rock and Roll Half Marathon on Sunday 20th of May and want to raise as much money as possible to give back to this amazing place that I owe so much in aiding my recovery.”
If you would like to read more about Julie's story and donate to her amazing challenge, take a look at her JustGiving page:
Date Published: 05/04/18
Alex Taylor is undertaking the phenomenal Ironman Challenge UK on 15th July 2018 in aid of The Police Treatment Centres. The race includes a 2.5 mile lake swim, a 112 mile cycle and ending in a 26.2 mile run finishing in Victoria Square, Bolton.
Alex has been a police office in Manchester for 21 years. Alex explains why he is fundraising for The Police Treatment Centres: 'If it wasn't for the PTC I sincerely doubt that I would be a fully operational officer, if a police officer at all. Over the years they have helped me overcome many issues through treatment including a broken back, broken leg, broken shoulder, torn bicep / rotator cuff, stress and depression. Initially, I was going to attempt the event just for me, to show myself what I can do when I put my mind to it despite all the injuries / metalwork and to hopefully inspire my kids. However, over time I thought it selfish to keep it quiet as there was the opportunity to raise money for the organisation that has made it possible to actively play with my kids, run, cycle, swim and cope better with what life and the job throws at me.'
Please support Alex's amazing efforts and help raise much needed funds for the PTC at:
Date Published: 05/04/18
Captain America and his friends Wolverine, Wonder Woman and Pikachu, to name but a few, have raised an amazing £432.81 for the PTC!
Captain America organised a character walk-around at St Stephens Shopping Centre. Many children got to meet their heroes and also raised some money at the same time! Thank you to Captain America for organising this fantastic event and to all the other superheroes for their support.
Mini Great North Run
Date Published: 04/04/18
Finley Cornfield, the 7 year old son of a Durham Officer is running the Mini Great North Run - all to raise funds for The Police Treatment Centres!!
Finley will be supported by his mother, Tracy, who recently benefited from treatment at the Centre. Tracy explained that: 'I visited the Centre last year and it was amazing. The staff are extremely hardworking and non judgmental. They provide officers with much needed time away to assist in their recovery. All I can say is thank you.'
Please support Finley's fantastic efforts and help him smash his fundraising goal by vising his Just Giving Page.
Nicola and Chris' Wigan Challenges
Date Published: 04/04/18
Nicola and Chris Hilton are taking part in a series of challenges for The Police Treatment Centres. They have already completed the Wigan 5k and have their sights set on the Wigan 10k in September. The husband and wife team are also hoping to conquer the Wigan half marathon in 2019!
Nicola said 'I have decided to fundraise for the PTC after attending. I have been a few times now to Harrogate and it has been a wonderful place for me to get better. The facilities, staff, everything is amazing. The treatment centres are a charity and rely on us to keep it going. So I have decided to fundraise to give something back.'
To read more about Nicola's story or support this amazing series of challenges visit :https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nicola-hilton8
Cycle from Doncaster to Ypres
Date Published: 27/03/18
Eric Flatman will be cycling, along with 8 others, from Doncaster to Ypres, starting on 11th June 2018. This challenge will take five days and cover a distance of well over 2000 miles!!
Eric has been a long time supporter of the PTC, and took part in our 2017 Cycling Sportive, with plans to take part again this year.
Eric and his cycling colleagues plan to reach Ypres in time to lay a wreath for the fallen at the Menin Gate Ceremony, before cycling the long journey home.
If you would like to support Eric's phenomenal challenge, take a look at his Just Giving Page. Eric is well on the way to his target and it would be amazing if he could surpass this!
Extreme Abseil Challenge
Date Published: 27/03/18
Andy Green completed his Extreme Abseil Challenge on 25th March 2018! Andy raised an amazing £100 for the PTC and £50 for International Rescue Corps. Andy said that he thoroughly enjoyed the adrenalin rush and is looking at booking his next challenge.
A huge thanks to Andy for his continued fundraising efforts! If you have a head for heights, you can watch Andy's challenge here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQYCjI6Z5F4
Neil's Ultra Challenge
Date Published: 26/07/17
Neil Wheeler will be running 15 ultra marathons, 2 24hr races and 20 marathons for The Police Treatment Centres.
"I chose The Police Treatment Centre Charity as these police officer put their health on the line for us each day and for little thanks or recognition and when I ready how you have to raise the money for the centres. It made me think that these hero's run towards danger everyday of their lives where most people would shy away from it and then it is only the serving officers and the work you do that this sort of centre is available to them.
So I have decided to push my running limits to raise money for these everyday hero's. So run 15 ultras 10 of those will be consecutive, 2 24 hour races and 20 marathons should push me."
Neil will start the events from 1st January 2018 and end in December. The races will include the Great Barrow Challenge, Chester Ultra Marathon and The Peddlers Way.
If you would like to support Neil's amazing challenge and help him achieve his £2000 target, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/neil-wheeler7