A farmer is driving his two Shire horses from Gloucestershire to Elgin in Morayshire, Scotland, in memory of his brother, who tragically died after being injured on duty as a police officer – all while raising money for two charities close to his heart.
Jamie Alcock began the trip with his horses, Willam and Millie, and Boo Boo Beithe the farm dog on June 5 and hopes to complete it in eight weeks. All funds raised before and during his trip will go towards The Fire Fighters Charity and Police Care UK.
He was inspired to take on the challenge in memory of his brother, PC John Alcock, who tragically died in 2017, 14 years after being involved in a road traffic accident whilst on duty, in August 2003. He was travelling for his shift on Royal Protection at Balmoral at the time and never regained consciousness afterwards.
Jamie will donate 75% of the money he raises to Police Care UK, which he says helped support John’s family in the years after the devastating accident. Meanwhile, he will donate 25% to The Fire Fighters Charity, having seen how the pandemic has impacted our fundraising over the last year. He says supporting firefighters is incredibly important to him personally, too.
“My brother was a copper, he was injured whilst on duty and ended up in a coma for 14 years before passing away,” says Jamie. “The way the charities responded to it and supported his family was amazing. I always wanted to do something about it, and the way the charities have been hit by lack of donations, I thought now was the time to do it.
“It was probably a firefighter that was the last person that spoke to my brother as they were cutting him out of the vehicle, because he went unconscious there… It would be wrong not to include The Fire Fighters Charity. Both charities do the same work and I’m sure trauma-related stress must be on the increase in the fire service.”
Jamie, who is camping almost the entire time he’s on the road, is due to stop at Beamish Museum when he gets further north and will be greeted by Northumberland Police, which will bring out the mounted division, while there will also be a fire and rescue presence.
He hopes to raise £15,000 for the two charities, and has already passed £12,500.
Debbie Rushbrooke, The Fire Fighters Charity Community, Corporate and Events Fundraiser, says: “A huge congratulations to Jamie so far, he’s doing amazingly well. Jamie is one of the most inspiring fundraisers I’ve come across. Both he and his wife Katie are incredibly selfless, wanting to do their best for The Fire Fighters Charity and Police Care UK. Millie and Willam are getting to be superstars! Thank you from everyone at the Charity.”