MSOC OFFICERS TAKE ON MILE LONG ZIP WIRE CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY June 13th, 2014 admin Latest News Shares Comments MSOC OFFICERS TAKE ON MILE LONG ZIP WIRE CHALLENGE FOR CHARITY A group of officers from Merseyside Police have completed a mile long zip wire challenge to raise thousands of pounds to send children with a serious illness or disability from across Merseyside on the holiday of a lifetime. 20 officers from Matrix Serious & Organised Crime hurtled through the air over a quarry in North Wales and raised around £5000 for Dreamflight, a charity which sends 200 children to Florida each year on a 10 day trip. Sergeant Mark Dickinson, who is based at Liverpool John Lennon Airport, set up the Liverpool fundraising group of the charity along with his wife, who is a nurse at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, and a friend, Brian Sheldon. The Liverpool Group raised a total of £26,750 last year for six VIC’s (Very Important Children) being treated at Alder Hey to make the trip but Mark is now calling on people to get behind a big programme of events this year which should make sure even more children can go. He said: “The trips give the children a unique experience including visiting some of the Florida’s biggest attractions and includes swimming with dolphins. They also go without their parents which means mums, dads and carers get what is sometimes the first opportunity for a break they have had during their child’s life. “The latest zip wire challenge last week and the next one in September are dedicated to the life of Will Lewis, a 15-year-old brave and inspirational boy who went to Florida with Dreamflight last year and had the most fantastic time. “After the trip, Will decided he would also do the zip wire to make sure another young person could go on the trip. Tragically, a week before the event, Will lost his battle with cancer and never got the chance to raise the money he so desperately wanted to. “Now we hope as many people as possible will take part in the Will Lewis Zip Wire challenge to make his dream come true and raise the money to allow other people to go on the trip. “The 20 officers from the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team had a fantastic time but these events are not just about police officers – anyone can take part. We have already been staggered by the generosity of people across Merseyside but we really need more people from the whole community to get involved, whether it’s for a few hours helping at the forthcoming fun day or taking on a life changing challenge. “Our events coming up include a charity fun day at the Riverside Police Club on Saturday, 2 August, another zip wire challenge on Saturday, 20 September and then a tandem skydive the following day. Anyone who wants to take part can e-mail [email protected] Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!