Merton Volunteer Police Cadets At 2017 Virgin London Marathon!
On Sunday 23 April, 15 Merton Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) joined 500 other VPCs (and young people from other organisations) on duty as key support crews throughout the route of the 2017 Virgin London Marathon!
After an early parade at Wimbledon police station, the Cadets travelled to a Water Station in Southwark where thousands of water bottles stacked in pallets were set up, ready for Scouts and Cubs to hand out to the tens of thousands of people taking part.
Our Merton VPCs had the job of keeping the area clear of discarded water bottles, which soon pile up throughout the event. After cheering the professional athletes and wheelchair competitors, soon the roads were full of thousands of runners in all sorts of costumes, charity flags, tops and much more!
Cadets worked hard throughout the day to fill six huge white sacks with empty plastic bottles for recycling, ensuring the whole Water Station area remained open & safe for competitors to grab a drink and quick refreshment.
Cadet Jessica aged 14 said “This has been great today, seeing the London Marathon live and knowing we are supporting them!”.
Cadet Savannah aged 15 said “This is one of the best days in Cadets, everyone pulling together to help each other, and it’s been great to cheer on the runners, they’re amazing!”.
Volunteer Cadet Staff Julie (one of our amazing adult leaders who gives up her own time to run Cadet activities and events) said “I am so proud of all our young people today, after a very early start they have all worked so hard! We’ve cleared thousands of water bottles, at one stage it seemed never ending. It’s been brilliant to play a small part supporting this iconic world-famous event, and we can’t wait to come back next time!”
The team were especially pleased to see their Cadet Staff (and Merton PC) Marco, running the Marathon for a children’s charity and completing the distance in a new personal best of 5 hours 30 minutes! Well done Staff Marco (here in blue shirt with the Cadets!)
Over 5000 Volunteer Police Cadets aged 13-18 serve in VPC units across London on all boroughs, taking part in major events like this and making a positive difference in their local communities every week. It’s nothing to do with joining the police (although many do), but is all about giving our young people opportunities, challenges and some great fun along the way, outside of school, college or other activities.
For more information about Merton's Volunteer Police Cadets contact Tim Mann, Merton Youth Engagement & Volunteer Police Cadets; Tim.Mann@met.pnn.police.uk