Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire Police raise funds for Moat victim Pc

A boxing match between Staffordshire police officers has raised £34,500 for the charity set up by the policeman shot and blinded by Raoul Moat.

A total of 24 competitors took to the ring at the Moat House Hotel in Hanley on Friday evening to raise money for Pc David Rathband's charity.

Representatives from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service also attended.

David's brother, Darren, was a Staffordshire police officer.

He later emigrated to Australia but officers in Staffordshire said he contacted them to ask them for help raising funds for the Blue Lamp Foundation.

The charity helps members of the emergency services criminally injured while on duty.

Pc Rathband, who also comes from Stafford, said: "Anything that brings people together is a good idea and what's the nicest part of this is that it's my family of police officers, fire officers and paramedics who are all going to enjoy the same evening so how fantastic could that be."

The match was organised by Pcs Colin Gay and Steve Marsh, who run the Blue Glove Boxing Academy.

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