IODPA member Keith Henderson has committed to an endurance walking challenge to raise funds for two charities, IODPA and Prostate Cancer UK.
In a public post, this is what he wrote –
As some of you know, I had a crazy idea for a fundraiser. No one has tried to talk me out of it (some friends you are ).
45 MILES IN 24 HOURS – ENDURANCE WALK
Prostate Cancer UK & Injury on Duty Pensioners Association
ENDURANCE WALKING CHALLENGE FOR TWO CHARITIES
On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January 2022, I will be walking the Deeside Way from the Ballater Police Office, where I served as a young officer, to the old Police HQ in Aberdeen, a distance of 45 miles. The walk is non-stop and to be done within 24 hours. The Deeside Way roughly follows the old railway line that Queen Victoria used when travelling to Balmoral Castle.
Chuck in the January weather, lengthy night time walking, some navigation and the distance involved, it is a proper endurance event that will test me (I’m wrong side of a bus pass). I will be carrying my own kit, food and doing it ‘solo’ (no one else is walking the distance start to finish though friends have offered to accompany me for sections). All costs in arranging, travelling etc. are mine and every penny donated goes to the following charities.
Prostate Cancer UK www.prostatecanceruk.org
The first charity I am walking for is Prostate Cancer UK. It is very personal to me with both family and friends being affected by this illness. One in eight men will be diagnosed in their lifetime. Research, diagnosis, treatment and patient support all need funding.
They are having March for Men Endurance events from January to October 2022 and my walk is also in aid of this. Donations can be made here: www.justgiving.com/Keith-Henderson7
Injury On Duty Pensioners Association www.iodpa.org
No one wants to end their police career on ill-health. Unfortunately, many do, including me.
The Injury On Duty Pensioners Association is the only dedicated organisation that supports police officers who have been injured on duty through no fault of their own. Injuries can be mental, physical, and on occasions, both.
The IODPA advises officers, who are going through the ill health retirement process, are applying for an injury pension, or are having their pension award reviewed.
Decisions can be made by Forces that are detrimental to officers seeking an injury pension and the IODPA is there to give advice and assistance to overcome those problems.
The IODPA is a small charity and relies on membership and donations. Therefore a ‘crowd funding’ page is necessary on this occasion to take donations. The link is: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/keith-hendersoniodpa
Thank you for reading. I hope you can support me by donating to either charity.
Thanks, Keith Henderson
Everyone within IODPA wish Keith the very best for his challenge and we hope the weather stays kind to him! It is an incredible feat to do at any time but in the middle of winter takes it to a whole new level.
We are very humbled that Keith should choose us as one of his chosen charities and thank him from the bottom of our hearts.
If you can spare a pound or two, please consider supporting Keith.