15 January 2021
The chair of Dyfed Powys Police Federation says this year’s Blue Light Get Active Challenge could be just what people are looking for to get motivated and, as an added bonus, support a police charity.
The 2021 event, organised by Police Care UK in combination with The Firefighters Charity, The Ambulance Staff Charity and The Children’s Air Ambulance, will be the largest of its kind and will run from Monday (18 January) to 14 February.
Gareth Jones explained: “We’re all in need of a boost at this time of year but particularly so after the last very difficult 10 months.
“We would love as many members as possible to sign up to this month-long event and back our national blue light charities, who support the wellbeing of frontline personnel. It will also boost participants’ mental and physical health by getting them moving.”
There are a limited number of free places available and participants can join at any time before 13 February.
They are invited to walk, run, cycle, join an online class or simply dance around their kitchen to support their chosen charity. Funds raised will help them address the unprecedented increase in demand, exacerbated by the pandemic, and the adverse effects it has had on many colleagues.
Mindfulness has also been added to this year’s event and ‘acts of kindness’ will gain participants bonus points.
Gareth added: “The App technology has been upgraded and improved so people can see their progress and position on the leader board. We really hope members will take part and enjoy the fun but also the benefits that being active bring.”
Police Care UK is the charity for serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers and their families who have suffered any physical or psychological harm as a result of policing. It offers psychological support, financial assistance, specialist equipment grants, career transition advice, veterans’ peer support and educational bursaries.