A Bedfordshire Police Officer is set to take on a challenging new beat…trekking the tallest point on earth.
PC Jacqui Coleman will scale the 17,600 feet to Everest Base Camp to raise funds to support young victims of serious crime in the county.
The 24-year-old Schools Liaison Officer from Luton will be part of a small team representing children’s charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime (CVoC), taking on the Himalayan adventure in November.
The group, which includes survivors of crime, serving and retired police officers, will be led by an expert Sherpa guide and their exciting journey captured by a TV documentary crew.
Embrace CVoC helps children and families impacted by crime across the UK to cope, recover and move on from trauma.
In 2018, 309 young victims of crime in Bedfordshire received support, affected by crimes including homicide, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
PC Coleman said: “Embrace is a massive charity for the police and my job is working with children day in and day out who are victims of crime.
“I work with children who suffer abuse, harm and neglect and live with families who have drug and alcohol addiction. I want to do everything in my power to stop this and support those who come out the other side from such ordeal.
“This trek is taking the work I do that one step further and helping to provide further support to these young people once their interaction with the police has finished.
“The young people I work with are very excited for me to do this trek and the bets are on for me to finish it!”
PC Coleman is currently in training for the 20-day challenge which starts on November and has previously trekked Snowden and the Smokey and Shenendoah Mountains in the USA.
She added: “This challenge is bigger than anything I have ever done and I cannot wait.”
To find out more about Embrace CVoC visit www.embracecvoc.org.uk
To support PC Coleman visit her fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jacqueline-Coleman