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August 2017: The Sopra Steria Cleveland Police team has supported the 2017 UK Mental Health Relay which is going around the country to engage with different communities and raise awareness about mental health issues, as well as raising vital funds. The arrangements for the Middlesbrough leg of the journey were planned by Head of Criminal Justice Unit Suzy Vaughan, along with colleagues Melissa Palmer and Krystina Pearson. The tour was also co-ordinated with Harbour Police and Cleveland Fire Brigade, with the baton completing the local tour from Middlesbrough Football Club along the river to Stockton.
Suzy commented, “It was very special to be able to take part in the UK Mental Health Relay and help in raising awareness in the local community. Whilst only a few of us were able to join the relay, the rest the team at Middlesbrough Police station also got involved with a cake sale, with the proceeds donated to MIND.“
Additionally, on Saturday 12 August a team of 32 officers and staff from the force and Sopra Steria took part in the Blue Lyke Walk covering 40 miles from Osmotherley to Ravenscar. Well done to all those who participated in the gruelling 18-hour challenge and many thanks to the support team who helped to keep spirits high and provided much needed sustenance and foot massages!
You’ll find the team’s fund raising page here – with donations going to MIND and the Heads Together charity.