Police challenge in memory of colleague

NADV 1303114AM1 Police fund raising. Ian Bolton, Mike Kemp, Paul Cording, Chris Galley, Richard Baranovsky, Amanda Hanusch-Moore, Emma Hayes, Lorna Dickens, James Skaith and Lynsey Ridout are just some of the members of the Harrogate Police station team who will be taking part in a mega charity obstacle course to raise money for the family of PC Bramma. Picture : Adrian Murray.(130311AM1)
NADV 1303114AM1 Police fund raising. Ian Bolton, Mike Kemp, Paul Cording, Chris Galley, Richard Baranovsky, Amanda Hanusch-Moore, Emma Hayes, Lorna Dickens, James Skaith and Lynsey Ridout are just some of the members of the Harrogate Police station team who will be taking part in a mega charity obstacle course to raise money for the family of PC Bramma. Picture : Adrian Murray.(130311AM1)

Police in Harrogate who were left stunned by the loss of a colleague are to take on a challenge in support of the young family he left behind.

Harrogate PC Andrew Bramma, 32, was killed in a crash in January when responding to a 999 call in Masham.

Now his fellow officers are to take on a charity challenge to help raise funds for his widow Kathryn as she brings up their young sons, Jack, aged three, and Sam, one.

“You never for a minute think, when you leave for work in the morning, that you won’t be going home,” said Sgt Paul Cording, of the Harrogate Roads Policing Group.

“It’s a stark reminder of the dangers that you face as an officer every day.

“He left two kids under three. We wanted to make sure they, along with his wife, have the best support that we can possibly give them.”

PC Bramma was killed on January 5 when his police van left the road and struck a tree in West Tanfield while answering an emergency call.

He had recently transferred from Greater Manchester Police.

A fund set up for his children has already raised thousands of pounds, with colleagues and friends, as well as kind strangers, contributing.

Now, a team of officers from Harrogate Police, supported by family and friends, is to attempt the Yorkshire Warrior to help raise more money for his sons.

“Everybody was just so completely numb after the crash,” said Sgt Cording, 41.

“The force, as a federation, was absolutely first class. They will be providing for his family. But we want to help as well. We’re a team.”

The challenge will see the group taking on the 10-mile obstacle course on land near Rudding Park on Saturday, April 20.

Competitors will have to run through an old, dark railway tunnel for nearly 1km, up the ice cold River Crimple, through a webbed forest and under barbed wire. At one point, they will be completely immersed under water.

“We’ve got all walks of life doing it, it looks quite extreme for some people,” said Sgt Cording. “But the plan is to go around as a team and help each other out.

“Yes, it will be a struggle. But it’s actually been really good for us.

“It’s a good way to get the team together.”

To support the group and contribute, visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk and search for Jack and Sam Fund.

Donations can also be made by bank transfer to Unity Trust Bank, sort code 08 60 01, account number 20303088, account name NYPF Jack and Sam Fund.

Any donation cheques can be made payable to NYPF Jack and Sam Fund and posted to North Yorkshire Police Headquarters or North Yorkshire Police Federation.