Charity bike ride

A Grampian Police officer today kick starts a unique 3300 mile motorcycle trip around the country in a bid to raise money for injured Royal Marine Commandos.

The sponsored 10 day journey departed from Aberdeen on Monday and will see PC Mark Robinson collecting donations at every police headquarters in the UK before being met by the charity Commando999’s ambassador Lorraine Kelly at the final stop in London.

In addition to visiting Britain’s 51 Police HQ’s, Mark will also call a 10 Downing Street, Royal Marine bases and RM Hasler in Plymouth where he will meet some of the brave men the money raised will go towards helping.

The Westhill based officer, will travel an average of 330 miles a day on a modified police motorbike.

Constable Robinson said: “As police officers, we do have a dangerous job but not normally one which puts our lives in danger on a daily basis. I say goodbye to my family each day, knowing I’ll be home after work.

“The charitable work of Commando999 offers these brave men some assurance that they and their families will be looked after should the worst happen.”

PC Robinson continued: “I first became aware of the work of Commando999 through the efforts of other fund-raisers last November and knew I wanted to help. A lot of people do sponsored marathons and the like, which I might have managed 20 years ago, but at 48 I knew I had to rule that out or risk becoming a casualty myself!

“The bottom line is that the charity needs donations to continue their great work. The journey, entitled “Going The Extra Mile”, will start in Aberdeen at Grampian Police’s Queen Street Headquarters before heading to the Highlands with a stop at Northern Constabulary HQ in Inverness and a stop at the Royal Marine Memorial in Spean Bridge.

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Mark’s efforts can do so online at www.bmycharity.com/GOINGTHEEXTRAMILE2012