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Residents support police in raising more than £3,000 for charity at Rainham community day

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 12 April 2018

Mounted police display at Eastminster School of Riding, Hooks Hall farm, Rainham.

Mounted police display at Eastminster School of Riding, Hooks Hall farm, Rainham.

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Police officers raised more than £3,000 at a special community fun day which was organised to support a children’s hospital charity.

A team of seven Met police officers whose stables are in Bow, Tower Hamlets, organised a community fun day at the Eastminster School of Riding, Hooks Hall Farm in Upper Rainham Road on Sunday, April 8 to raise funds for two causes.

Insp Natalie Shaw, Sgt Richard Bushell, Pc Nici Foley, Pc James Foley, Pc Lynne Copeland, Pc Claudia Gittens and Pc Melissa Dearsley will be running the 2018 London Marathon on April 22.

They are aiming to raise £14,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital and Sparks children’s medical research.

This cause is close to their hearts as Insp Natalie’s two sons have worster-drought syndrome, a rare form of cerebral palsy.

Pc Julie Perez jumped 1.40m with her horse Hugo in a competition at the community fun day organised by Metropolitan police officers. Photo: Ann Bennett.Pc Julie Perez jumped 1.40m with her horse Hugo in a competition at the community fun day organised by Metropolitan police officers. Photo: Ann Bennett.

Pc Nici Foley told the Recorder: “It was hugely successful and it has brought us nearly up to our target of £14,000.

“We want to say thank you to the local community as they are the ones who gifted so many prizes for the raffle.”

Residents were treated to pony rides, cake stalls and a display of craftsmanship by the local blacksmith.

Pc Julie Perez who works in Lewisham, was the remaining police officer in the ‘chase me charlie’ contest.

She jumped 1.40m with her horse, Hugo.

While Michael Stone who works at the Eastminster Riding School, won the competition by jumping 1.45m with his horse Mattie.

At 1.30pm the police officers performed a demonstration of how they train their horses and how they use them in public order.

“We find that horses really break down barriers in the community,” Nici added.

“I think it’s one of the most effective forms of community policing that I have ever done.”

To help the police officers reach their target, text MPLM53 with the amount you want to donate to 70070.

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