Police Now alumna PC Jacqui Coleman has taken on a very different challenge from her everyday role as a Schools Liaison Officer in Luton.
PC Coleman, from Bedfordshire Police, has climbed 17,600 feet to reach Everest Base Camp in Nepal, a trek that will take 20 days for the team to complete. Along with survivors of crime, serving and retired police officers, a Sherpa guide and a TV Documentary crew recording the whole adventure, PC Coleman is walking to raise money for children’s charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime (CVoC). With Everest in their sights, the team reached Base Camp on the 14th November.
The UK charity Embrace CVoC, supports children, young people and families affected by serious crime, with their mission to “help them cope, support their recovery and provide services that enable them to put events behind them, move on and fulfil their life’s potential”
In 2018, 309 young victims of crime received support in Bedfordshire, from offences including homicide, sexual abuse and domestic violence, according to figures from Embrace.
PC Coleman said “Embrace is a massive charity for the police and my job is working with children day in and day out who are victims of crime.
“I work with children who suffer abuse, harm and neglect and live with families who have drug and alcohol addiction. I want to do everything in my power to stop this and support those who come out the other side from such ordeal.
“This trek is taking the work I do that one step further and helping to provide further support to these young people, once their interaction with the police has finished.
“The young people I work with are very excited for me to do this trek and the bets are on for me to finish it!”
To track the team’s progress, follow them on twitter @EmbraceCVOC #EverestBaseCamp #Trekking. If you would like to sponsor PC Coleman please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jacqueline-Coleman and to find out more about Police Now’s mission to transform communities by recruiting, training and developing leaders in policing, go to www.policenow.org.uk.