Police officers are gearing up for charity cycle challenge

Dacorum neighbourhood inspector George Holland and colleague PC Matt Cann are in training for the 54-mile London to Brighton bike ride.
Dacorum neighbourhood inspector George Holland and colleague PC Matt Cann are in training for the 54-mile London to Brighton bike ride.

A duo of kind-hearted police officers are saddling up to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.

Dacorum Neighbourhood Inspector George Holland and colleague PC Matt Cann are in training for the 54 mile, London to Brighton bike ride, which takes place on Sunday, September 8.

Alongside George’s niece and nephew, the team hopes to raise over £2,000 for the Neonatal Unit at Addenbrookes Hospital – a cause very close to George’s heart.

“My 20 month old daughter Mollie was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia,” said George. “She was seriously ill and needed a huge amount of expertise to keep her alive. Only 50 per cent of babies born with this condition survive.

“The staff at Addenbrookes were amazing and without them, my wife Annabelle and I wouldn’t have our happy, healthy and lively little girl.

“Their dedication, professionalism and expertise was second to none and we can never thank them enough for what they did for Mollie and what they do for hundreds of other babies born with serious life threatening conditions.”

Mollie, who was born at Addenbrookes Hospital with 16 consultants, doctors and nurses present, spent her first three weeks being cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which serves the whole of the South East of England.

Speaking ahead of the ride, George said: “I’d like to say I am looking forward to the ride but I’m not at all!

“It will be a challenge but it will keep me going knowing that I am raising money for a fantastic cause and I would encourage anyone with a heart to give money.

“Every penny raised will go directly towards getting new equipment for the Neonatal ITU.”

Matt, of the Hemel Hempstead Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This is such a worthwhile cause which is why I wanted to be involved.

“Anyone with children may find themselves requiring treatment at this facility one day and so it is vitally important to give money.”

You can donate by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/GeorgeHolland