Physical to quizzical - raising money for police mental health

22 March 2024

Emergency service workers who are struggling with their mental health remain the focus of our CEO's fundraising efforts this summer.

Gary Thwaite teamed up with Stuart Cowan, Chair of BTP Federation, for the Blue Light Hike last July. The pair walked from the Lake District to London in just two weeks. They covered 500 kilometres and raised £16,000 for the charity PTSD999.

This year the pair are organising a fundraising event everyone can get involved in - no walking boots required. The Big Summer Quiz will again raise money for PTSD999 and help to keep the spotlight on mental health amongst emergency responders.

It's estimated that police officers are exposed to between 400-600 traumatic events within their career, compared to members of the public who, on average, will experience four. This repeated exposure to trauma, along with a raft of other challenges, can have a seriously detrimental effect on an officer's mental health.

Gary Thwaite said: "We see the impact of mental health issues on our colleagues and the wider emergency services. That's why we didn't want the Blue Light Hike to be a one-off.

"It's so important we keep this mental health conversation going but we also need to ensure support is there for those who need it, at the point they need it most. That's why we're supporting PTSD999 again this year."

PTSD999 sources and funds treatment, provides training, and raises awareness of the impact post-traumatic stress disorder has on a person's life. Money raised at the Big Summer Quiz will support this essential work.

The Big Summer Quiz takes place on Thursday 27 June at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Liverpool. Tickets cost £75 per person (tables of ten are also available) and this includes a three-course dinner and entry into the quiz. This entertaining evening will also feature a raffle and an auction of 'money can't buy' experiences.

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Sponsorship packages are available for organisations keen to show their commitment to the emergency services. Contact for more information.

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