SUSSEX Police officers and staff across the county will be pulling on their running shoes to complete a 185-mile route around the county’s police stations in aid of a charity which is looking after one of their injured colleagues.
Police sergeant Wendy Dowman suffered horrific injuries in a crash at Hellingly in September 2010 and is now a permanent patient at the Chaseley Trust, which runs resident nursing care and support services from its main home Chaseley on Eastbourne seafront.
Wendy appears to remain in a low awareness state, and needs full support with meeting all her physical and social needs.
Between Thursday June 21 and Saturday June 23 relay officers and staff will run between 15 police stations across Sussex.
At 7am on June 21 the run will start at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes, with Chief Constable Martin Richards and Deputy Chief Constable Giles York completing the first leg to Lewes police station. The relay will then go to Newhaven, Brighton, Worthing, Bognor Regis and Chichester police stations.
The following day on June 22, the relay will start at Chichester police station then go to Horsham, Crawley, Gatwick and Haywards Heath police stations.
On the final day, 23 June, the relay will go between Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Battle, Hastings and Eastbourne police stations before finishing at Chaseley in Eastbourne.
The relay event has been organised by Sergeant Carrie Kwasniewski of Mid Sussex District Neighbourhood Policing Team. She said, “I have known Sergeant Wendy Dowman for almost my whole career. She is a very good friend and colleague.
“I went to visit Wendy just before Christmas and she is so well looked after at Chaseley that myself and colleagues decided we had to do something to support the charity.”
Chief Constable Martin Richards said, “I am looking forward to running the first leg of the relay to support The Chaseley Trust and the fantastic work the charity does.
“Chaseley has become a home for Sergeant Dowman and now we would like to do something to assist them with continuing to care for her and others who require nursing care. I would like to commend Sergeant Carrie Kwasniewski for her dedication in organising this event.”
Sue Wyatt, chief executive from Chaseley Trust, said, “It is wonderful that this event is taking place with so many officers participating to raise funds and awareness throughout Sussex for our charity. This will greatly benefit the people who use our services and we are enormously grateful to Sergeant Carrie Kwasniewski for taking the initiative to organise this amazing relay.”
The Chaseley Trust was initially set up in 1946 to look after servicemen and ex-servicemen at its main Home, Chaseley.
The Trust also has a second innovative nursing home comprising of detached and semi-detached bungalows.
Nowadays, Chaseley cares for adults from the age of 18 with all types of disability, from spinal injury, acquired brain injury and stroke, to multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and a wide range of other neurological conditions.
Anyone who would like to sponsor the runners can do so at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/carriekwasniewski1
During the relay the runners will be supported by a team who will be collecting money along the route.