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Police cadets’ ‘roaring’ to start charity challenge

A dinosaur roaming the corridors of the police HQ was not a cause for alarm but part of a challenge local cadets are undertaking for the Chief Constable’s chosen charity.

In total 13 members of Middlesbrough’s Police Cadets will take part in this month’s ‘Samarathon’ to raise funds for the Samaritans. Between them they will complete a marathon each day in July, documenting their efforts on Facebook, Twitter and Tik Tok.

To keep it interesting followers can expect to enjoy seeing a movie theme, including of course Jurassic Park, as the teenagers rack up the miles.

James McLeary, who leads the Middlesbrough Cadets, said: “There has been a lot of thought and planning on how they are going to complete this challenge, working as a team.

“We’ve chosen 13 cadets to take part as a reminder that sadly 13 people lose their lives because of suicide every day.

“We’ve already raised more than £600 for the Samaritans to help their life-saving work but we’d welcome any support.”

Chief Constable Richard Lewis made Teesside Samaritans his nominated charity in July 2019 to raise awareness for their work and encourage people to support them locally.

He said: “I’m very proud of the commitment of our police cadets. These young people volunteer their time to benefit their local community.

“I’m impressed by their efforts to raise awareness and support a very worthwhile cause. I wish them the best of luck in their challenge.”

To support the cadets visit: https://samarathon2020.everydayhero.com/…/middlesbrough-pol…

You can also follow @PoliceCadetBoro on Twitter to see the challenge in action.

**Pictured here, cadet Kaitlyn McGoldrick doing her best T-Rex impression**