Sergeant Brandon Brown from the Operational Support Unit’s Roads Policing Group has won a national ‘Road Peace Award’ for his efforts in creating safer roads and raising money for the Andy Cox Charity.
Road Peace is a national charity that supports people bereaved or seriously injured following road traffic collisions.
To support the charity in 2021, Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox from Lincolnshire Police embarked on a 200km run, raising over £50,000. With a vision to make 2022 better, Andy encouraged all police forces to get involved with the aim of raising over £500,000 for Road Peace to continue their vital work.
As a roads policing officer, Sergeant Brown knows the devastating consequences road traffic collisions can have and has supported many families through difficult times following the loss of their loved ones, so he stepped up and set himself a challenge.
Sgt Brown explains more about the challenge, he said: “Andy Cox committed to 30 miles on foot for seven days, and while I do a bit of running, that was beyond my abilities!
“I committed to doing at least 100km by bicycle every day for seven days. I am a keen cyclist and have previously done Land’s End to John O’Groats, but being older, heavier and now disliking hills, I knew it would be hard, especially with four 12 hour shifts in the middle!
“But, I did it! In total I cycled 742km, just over a 100km a day in ALL weathers.”
To recognise and reward his achievements Sgt Brown was invited to the Road Peace Awards on 8 September held in Birmingham to receive the award for the ‘Best Individual Fundraising Effort’.
Sgt Brown added: “‘I was really proud to have won the award, and it was a truly humbling experience to share the room with a number of bereaved families or people that have been seriously injured in collisions. To speak with them during the evening really brought home what this fundraising meant to them and it was clear to see what a great charity this is.
“It was a tough week in May, fitting in riding each day around work and general home life, and I was ably assisted along the way by colleagues who all helped keep me ticking over by joining me on some rides.
“I rode on the Friday of the week with Det Supt Cox (pictured), assisted by Insp Kevin Smith (Sheffield Neighbourhoods) and local cycling club riders; and within the first five miles we covered the locations of at least five fatalities over the previous 18 months.
“It proved to be a precarious ride with us witnessing a collision and having abuse from balaclava clad moped riders!
“In total I covered 742km in the 7 days, and raised over £1700. Thanks to everyone who donated.
Look out for what the challenge may entail next year.”
Congratulations to Sgt Brown.
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