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New Essex police officers raised £2,413 for Mid Essex Hospitals’ robotic surgery appeal after organising a series of charity events during their training.

Intake J1 at Essex Police College did a static cycle at the Meadows shopping centre in Chelmsford, ran a hugely successful quiz night at the police sports and social club, and organised a football match.

The new officers presented a cheque to Mid Essex Hospitals Charity’s Charlotte Jefcoate in front of an audience of local dignitaries at Essex Police headquarters as they celebrated completing the 18-week course to join the force.

PC James Rowntree led J1’s fundraising efforts and was delighted by the efforts of his colleagues, particularly as they’d managed to beat the charity totals raised by intakes J2 and J3 who passed out with them.

“The whole team were adamant that we’d break the £2000 barrier – it looks a lot better when you go out there to present the cheque.

“Training has been intense and now we’re getting ready to go out into the world. My highlight was the bike ride as the whole class came down and did their bit. The quiz night raised over £1000 and we got excellent auction donations from local companies.”

Charlotte Jefcoate, fundraising coordinator at Mid Essex Hospitals Charity, said: “J1 did a brilliant job and it was fantastic to be invited along to see them all pass out. They should all be so proud of what they’ve achieved. The events they organised and amount they raised showed how determined they are to make a positive contribution to the community in Essex and we wish all of them long and successful careers.”

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