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Bedfordshire Police Family Fun Day raises thousands for charity
The Bedfordshire Police Family Fun Day, which was a joint event with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Force, has raised at least £1,500 for the charity Embrace, with more still to come.

The free family event took place on Saturday (2 September) and over two thousand came to enjoy the sunshine, see the police dogs, police helicopter and various stalls and rides run by the local people of Bedfordshire.

“I am incredibly proud of my team and all the hard work they put in to helping make sure that everyone who attended the Bedfordshire Police Fun Day, not only had a fantastic time, but raised this truly impressive amount for Embrace,” said Commissioner Holloway.

Embrace is a charity which supports children who have been the victim of, or affected by, crime. All proceeds are being donated in the name of former Chief Constable Alf Hitchcock who sadly died earlier this year and was the Vice President of the charity.

“I was so impressed with how the OPCC team and the Force worked together to create such a fun packed family day that had a focus on engaging with the public and sharing what the police do so well - balanced with raising money for such an amazing charity. We are really pleased that we will be presenting Embrace with a really big cheque in the name of Alf Hitchcock who gave more than 20 years’ service to this charity,” said Interim Chief of staff Clare Kelly.

Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said, “This event is a celebration for our own families, as well as members of the public and it was wonderful to see so many of our policing family taking part and getting involved in all of the different activities – with great representation from recruitment, the dog unit, helicopter and lots of other units and departments.

“I’d like to thank each and every one of you who turned out to help make it such a success. Let’s make next year event bigger and even better to give our families and friends a super day to remember.”

The Family Fun Day was enjoyed by people who travelled from all over the county and was highly praised on social media with visitors saying it was the ‘best fun day of the season’ and ‘thank you for inviting us in, we never knew just how much goes on behind the scenes in policing’.