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Policeman to run marathon for charity

A police officer is set to run the New York City Marathon in aid of the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund.

PC Dave Motais will be one of 60 police officers from forces across the UK, but the only one from Derbyshire, at the iconic annual event on Sunday (November 3). 

The PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund raises funds to provide learning opportunities and pre-employment skills, including grants or services, to children and teenagers who have suffered the loss of a close family member through violent crime.

It was set up by Bryn Hughes, the father of PC Nicola Hughes, who along with her colleague PC Fiona Bone, was killed during a routine burglary call in Hattersley in 2012.

Dave, 48, has been a serving police officer for almost 17 years but is no stranger to running.

In 2014, he completed the 250-mile run to remember campaign for the same charity alongside two other officers from Derbyshire.

PC Motais, who is from Clay Cross, said: “This will be my fourth and final marathon having already run the Leicester, Nottingham and London marathon.

“I am running the New York marathon to not only raise money for the above charity but to also hopefully changes the lives of young people who have lost someone close to them in tragic circumstances.”

If you would like to sponsor Dave and support the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund, visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/davidmotais.


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