Federation chair encourages officers to support The Ratana 10k

An event organised in memory of Sergeant Matt Ratana who was killed in the line of duty at Croydon custody suite in September 2020 has returned this month.  

This is the second edition of The Ratana 10k, a virtual event established last winter by Matt’s good friend and colleague, Paul Hollis, when 2,500 people took part from home and raised over £40,000.  

Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones is encouraging members and officers to get involved and do their bit to show continued support to Matt’s family and friends.  

“The huge interest in last year’s event shows the support for fund-raising in Matt’s memory. It is important that his memory lives on and this is a brilliant way of ensuring that is the case,” said Gareth.  

This year’s event will see all funds split between Matt’s partner, Su, and the Matt Ratana Rugby Foundation established by his former friends and colleagues at East Grinstead Rugby Club. 

Rugby was a huge passion for Matt and Paul is hoping to engage more of the rugby community in this year’s event. Paul also wants to see officers from all police forces in the country getting involved.

Gareth added: “I encourage all colleagues across Dyfed Powys to get involved if they can, whether running a little over several days or hitting the 10k on day one, it would just be fantastic to see people taking part, representing the Force and ultimately, supporting the cause.” 

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Find out more about the Matt Ratana Rugby Foundation.