A BURTON bobby has raised more than £3,000 for two charities close to his heart after completing a cycling challenge.
Sergeant Nigel Roberts rode from Yoxall to Barmouth on the Welsh coast before heading back to Yoxall all in the same day to boost the coffers of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Midlands Air Ambulance.
The top dedicated the 227-mile challenge to the memory of Lee Tomlinson.
The youngster lost his life in March last year after suffering a brain haemorrhage at Outwoods Primary School.
Sgt Roberts was part of the police escort for the ambulance that transported the nine-year-old to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he died only hours later.
He took part in the challenge with PC Dave Rowley, based at police headquarters in Stafford
PC Roberts said: “We were so grateful for the support of people during what we can only describe as quite a gruelling challenge.
“I was riding in memory of Lee Tomlinson who sadly died at the age of nine and his parents, John and Sue were at the finishing line.
“It was heart-warming how many people in the village turned out and applauded us.”
Sgt Roberts has so far raised £3,300 for his two causes PC Rowley, whose son is serving in Afghanistan with 3 Royal Horse Artillery, has raised in excess of £1,000 for veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress.
Sgt Roberts added: “I also raised cash for Midlands Air Ambulance because, for more than 18 years of policing, I’ve witnessed the massive difference that the charity makes at incidents.”
Anyone who would like to donate can still to do so by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/NigelRobertsBarmouthandBack or http://www.justgiving.com/David-Rowley4018