Shire horse charity journey in memory of Moray police officer
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A FARMER has started an epic Shire horse journey to raise money for two charities in memory of his police officer brother.
The Coldcroft Shires Challenge will take Jamie Alcock from Gloucestershire to Moray.
His team consists of Millie and Willam - two of his Shire horses that work on the farm, Boo Boo Beithe the farm dog and himself as the carriage driver.
The journey started on Saturday June 5 and the trip will take about eight weeks, travelling about 650 miles.
He is raising money for Police Care UK and The Fire Fighters Charity. Two essential charities that support serving and retired police officers and their families and the fire and rescue service community .
"My brother, PC John Alcock, was a serving officer with Grampian Police stationed at Elgin.
"In August 2003 he was involved in a road traffic accident whilst on duty. He was travelling with colleagues to do their shift on Royal Protection at Balmoral.
"He went unconscious at the scene of the accident and never recovered consciousness. He died 14 years later.
"An important part of their work is with injured personnel whether it is physical or emotional/mental health.
"The local Police Federation, Police charities and Chief Constable looked after his needs and issues as much as they could and in a most generous way. They did their best for his partner and young son too."
Police Care UK will receive 75 per cent and The Fire Fighters Charity 25 per cent of the donations.
John was buried with full Police honours at Garmouth in October 2017.
"I want to help raise money so that others can be helped by them. With your help and generosity we can do this together."
You can follow the journey in real time at https://www.followmychallenge.com/live/cshc/
You can also ride on the carriage for a while, in return for a £30 donation per person.
You can privately give your contact details by messaging the @coldcroftshires Fb page.
CorrMed Ltd, Blue Horse Equine, Pinfields Marketing, Carriagehouse Insurance, D.R. Price & Son and Vet Physio UK are supporting the Shire horses and carriage.
You can support the effort here