Six police officers gearing up for marathon in fallen colleague’s memory
Monday 31st October 2016 @ 09:30 by Adam Higgins
Community Hyde News

Six Greater Manchester Police officers will shortly be leaving for New York, to take part in the world famous marathon race to raise funds for the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund.

In September 2012, PC Nicola Hughes, 23, and her colleague PC Fiona Bone, 32, were murdered whilst attending a routine burglary call in Mottram, Tameside.

Nicola’s father, Bryn Hughes, set up the memorial fund in order to provide children, who have been affected by the loss of a close family member through a violent crime, with learning opportunities and pre-employment skills in form of grants or services to help them build for the future.

The six GMP officers have been in training for the gruelling 26.5 mile race for a number of months and on November 6, in New York they will be running alongside Bryn Hughes, as well as representatives from a number of UK police forces.

Regarding the GMP officers taking part in the marathon, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “The PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund is a charity that is understandably very close to all our hearts at GMP.

“We will all be supporting and wishing the very best to the six officers taking part in the marathon. Their dedication and determination to raise funds for an exceptional charity cannot be applauded enough.

“The funds they raise will help provide a much needed lifeline to a number of children and young people who have experienced the horror of losing a close family member through a violent crime.”

The six GMP officers taking part are Stu Rostron, Jenni Smith, Aaron Duggan, Jennifer Reeve, Michelle Lomas and Cecelia Oakley.

Anyone wishing to support the officers and make a donation to the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund can do so via www.pcnicolahughesmemorialfund.co.uk.