Light The Lakes fundraiser for COPS

Dyfed Powys Police Federation chair Gareth Jones said he has the utmost respect for colleagues taking part in this year’s Light The Lakes event. 

The challenge to climb all 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District will again raise money for Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and serve as a tribute to fallen officers.  

Gareth said: “I have the utmost respect for everyone undertaking this huge commitment and challenge to raise funds for COPS. It will be physically and mentally tough and, I’m sure for many, emotional too, as it is a very special tribute to our fallen colleagues.”  

This year’s event will take place on 23 to 24 June. A blue flare will be lit at the summit of the highest of the fells at 2,600 feet, The Old Man of Coniston, in memory of police officers and staff who died during service.  

 The annual challenge began in 2012 when retired sergeant Ian Davis decided to raise money for the orphaned children of murdered Surrey DC Heather Cooper. That inaugural event attracted nearly 600 climbers and raised more than £30,000 and it has gone from strength to strength every year since.