Back on the beat in memory of former colleagues

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Back on the beat in memory of former colleagues

Officers from Merseyside Police will be walking up to 125 miles to raise money for charity in memory of former colleagues.

Staff from the Force’s training academy will be walking from Southport to Moreton over five days to raise £10,000.

The walk will include every police station across the force and is in memory of two former colleagues who died prematurely a few years ago.

Jeanette McLaren was just 50 when she passed away in October 2011 after a long battle with cancer.

Retired constable Lynton Davies was also 50 when he died suddenly from a heart attack in July last year – just as he’d achieved an ambition to become a trained coach driver.

The walkers include several high ranking staff and they plan to divide the £10,000 they hope to raise between two charities.

They include the Woodlands Hospice in Fazakerley that looks after people who are terminally ill and near the end of their lives. Jeanette spent time there before she died.

The second charity to benefit from the money raised is Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey Hospital where families can stay while their sick children are treated.

Lynton was the father of twins who were seriously ill when they were first born and the family spent time at Ronald McDonald House during their treatment.

PC Steve Cantillon from the Driver Training Unit at the academy, is one of the organisers of the event.

He said: “The happiest days of my career were spent walking the beats of Wallasey.

“With this in mind, a group of colleagues and I came up with the idea of walking the entire Force area, calling at all 51 police stations en route.

“Our motivation is simple – to raise money to help the charities that helped  two very dear colleagues that we lost when they were very young.”

If you would like to donate money to the cause, go to

Picture above: The walkers call into one of the Academy bases at Lea Green station in St Helens.

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