Charity motorcyclist rolls into Force Headquarters

An officer from Grampian Police battled through the wet weather to visit Dorset Police Force Headquarters at Winfrith near Dorchester yesterday, Monday 23 April 2012, as part of a mammoth motorcycling charity challenge.

Police Constable Mark Robinson has pledged to visit the headquarters of every police force in Scotland, Wales and England during his charity ride – which he estimates will cover approximately 3,300 miles over 10 days.

PC Robinson arrived at Dorset Police Force Headquarters at midday yesterday as the rain poured, having travelled down from Avon and Somerset Constabulary HQ during the morning.

He was presented with a Force plaque, as well as a hot drink, by Dorset Police Deputy Chief Constable Debbie Simpson before he continued his challenge by riding on to the headquarters of Devon & Cornwall Police near Exeter.

PC Robinson will auction off all of the plaques that he receives from police forces across the country during the challenge, with all the money raised going to charity.

The charity that PC Robinson is raising money for is the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. The public can donate money to the fund at www.bmycharity.com/GOINGTHEEXTRAMILE2012 and more details of the challenge are available at www.commando999.com/going-the-extra-mile.

After he arrived at Dorset Police Force Headquarters, PC Robinson said: “The weather has been the biggest challenge.

“When you get so cold and wet and shake so much that you are struggling to hold onto the handlebars, that’s when you know it’s a tough challenge.

“It has been a real character test for me.”

Dorset Police Deputy Chief Constable, Debbie Simpson, said: “Mark is doing an extremely tough challenge, particularly when you consider what terrible weather he has had to contend with.

“I was delighted to present him with a plaque and I hope he completes his challenge safely and raises lots of money for such a worthy cause.”

PC Robinson has raised approximately £2,500 so far through this challenge and had ridden over 2,500 miles by the time he reached Dorset Police Force Headquarters.

Dorset Police Traffic Inspector Matt Butler joined PC Robinson as he left Force HQ. They rode together until Dorchester, where PC Robinson continued on his journey to the headquarters of Devon & Cornwall Police.

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