Child Victims of Crime (CVOC) is the only national police children’s charity and was founded in 1994 following the IRA bombing in Warrington, Cheshire.
Since then, the charity has provided comfort and support to over 4000 child victims of crime up to 16 years of age. Last year alone, CVOC helped 467 child victims with support and gifts ranging from funding for personal counselling, gift tokens for High Street stores, family holidays, and in a limited number of cases, sponsored trips to Disneyworld in Florida.
In 2009, the charity’s main fundraising event, “The Tour de Force” is not only a huge personal challenge but gives the opportunity to police forces to maximise their support for this charity.
Dominic Chambers, the charity’s manager intends to cycle to every police Headquarters in England, Wales and Scotland, a distance of over 2000 miles, in 23 days. He will be supported at various times from police officers and colleagues, and hopes to raise a minimum of £60,000 for this charity.
Tuesday 4 August saw the team arriving at Police HQ, Devizes. Having started their journey on Saturday 1 August, they have visited Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon & Cornwall and Wiltshire, and following their visit to us, they were on route to Avon & Somerset. They plan to cover a total of 2,400 miles.
Accompanying Dominic Chambers as they arrived in Devizes were Steve Johnson, a retired Leicestershire officer and fund trustee, Ronnie Carey, a serving police officer in the Police Service of Northern Ireland and fund trustee, & Ben Cole, a serving police officer with the Devon & Cornwall Police. Whilst at Police Headquarters, they were presented with a cheque for £500 on behalf of the Wiltshire Police, from Assistant Chief Constable, Patrick Geenty, and further presented with a cheque for £1000 from Peter Spencer on behalf of the Rotary Club of Corsham.
Following the presentation, Dominic Chambers said, “I am extremely grateful to both the Wiltshire Police and the Corsham Rotary Club for these very generous donations. The task we’ve set ourselves is not easy, but rest assured we will complete the course, and the money we raise will provide comfort and support to child victims of crime, irrespective of where they live.”
Further information about CVOC can be obtained via their website email@example.com