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  • lbpolice 2:43 pm on October 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: charity, commando999, , , royal marines, speedmarch   

    LBP’s DC Mark Downie in #Commando999 World Speedmarch Record attempt for charity 

    DC Mark Downie during his time in the Royal MarinesCommando 999 is a group of former Royal Marines Commando’s who currently serve (or have served) with any of the UK emergency services. Their mission is to raise funds for the Royal Marines Association (RMA) and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF).

    The aim of the group is to raise £1 million for the RMA / RMCTF by the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines in 2014. The funds raised will allow the RMA to look after any members of the Royal Marines family that needs help, invariably those seriously injured in conflict.  The website at http://www.commando999.com/ gives more information on the fund raising activities of the group.

    On 10th November 2012, DC Mark Downie, Lothian and Borders Police and formally of 45 Commando Royal Marines will, along with other members of Commando 999, be attempting to break the WORLD SPEEDMARCH RECORD for a marathon in London whilst also endeavouring to raise much needed funds.In support of this cause and the efforts of Mark and the other emergency services former Commandos, any contribution by way of sponsorship would be gratefully received. This can simply be done online at http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Downie1 


  • lbpolice 2:23 pm on July 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: charity, , hospital, , , sick kids   

    LBP Officers raising funds for Sick Kids Hospital #SKFF 

    Airport officers on bikes

    Paul McDonald, Stevie Amabile and Alan Dunlop, who are all based at the Airport.

    Three police officers are donning their cycle helmets this weekend to raise vital funds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF).

    Inspector Paul McDonald from Lothian and Borders Police Force will be leading his team including Sergeant Stevie Amabile and PC Alan Dunlop, who are all based at Edinburgh Airport, on the charity cycle.

    Paul said: “We decided to raise money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation because we have all had experience of a child who has been admitted to Edinburgh’s Hospital for Sick Children at some point.

    “It’s a truly worrying time and terrible experience for any parent to go through. In particular, a team member’s son fell seriously ill this year with pneumonia and the Sick Kids Friends Foundation was a huge support to him and his family.”

    The SKFF t-shirt clad police officers will begin their journey this Saturday and hope to bring a £1,000 cash boost for the charity to fund reward boxes for children who go through surgical procedures and to fund the maintenance of the hospital’s fish tanks.

    Edinburgh-based Paul continued: “We decided to donate all of the cash to reward boxes and the maintenance for the fish tanks because we wanted to physically give sick children something to enjoy. Children love animals and we feel it is important to reward those admitted to the hospital with something they can care for and enjoy. Fish are known to be therapeutic and we hope they bring a lot of positive energy to children suffering from a range of illnesses.”

    Will Guest, corporate fundraiser from the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “We are delighted to support Paul and his team on their cycle challenge.

    “Edinburgh Airport is one of our affiliated companies and we are very grateful for the support they have given the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

    “Although police deployment at Edinburgh Airport includes airport policing bikes, these police officers are in no way serious cycling competitors so we are delighted to see them going the extra mile for charity.

    “The funds raised this weekend will provide luxuries for children undergoing treatment and will brighten up their hospital stay.”

    Story – Sick Kids Friends Foundation

    • mike 2:33 pm on July 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Well done guys
      A great effort for a great cause
      My daughter is a nurse there

  • lbpolice 10:20 am on May 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    LBP Boxers win W.C.B.C International Cup 

    Team Captain Mike Leask

    “The team to fight New York Police Department were selected from scratch in January and have been training from then at the Clovenstone gym every Friday. They trained for 2 hrs every Friday and a number of the guys lost up to 2 stone in weight.”


    Deputy Chief Brian McCarthy, Sport and Recreation Co-ordinator Steve Harding and ACC Bill Skelly
    Photo Courtesy of Neil Spowart

    “The actual event was a huge success with the team defeating NYPD who had not been beaten before. Their boxers were picked via a selection process in the States and had demolished Staffordshire team on the Friday night. A fantastic amount was raised for our respective childrens charities, Caudwell Children Charity and Atlas Children’s Foundation

    The Team consisted of:

    Mike Leask- Captain/ Coach-Light middle Weight
    Alan Mark- Heavy weight
    Irfan Majid- Light middle weight
    Craig McCall- Light Heavy weight
    Callum Mill- Light Heavy weight
    Dave McMahon- Cruiser Weight
    Alan Lloyd- Light Heavy Weight
    Brian O’Neill- Heavy weight
    Steve Livinstone- Super Heavy Weight.
    The guys fought brilliantly on the evening at the Corn exchange in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 500 family, friends and colleagues winning the event 4 -3. This was fantastic given that Irfan Majid, Alan Mark, Craig MaCall and of course Big Steve Livingstone had never actually boxed before.
    The other bouts were very tough with Brian O’Neill knocking out his opponent in spectacular fashion and Alan Mark undeservedly losing the bout albeit the crowd had him winning the fight with a rock solid display and probably the fight of the evening.
    Mike Leask fought a very experienced southpaw boxer and gained a good victory as did Dave McMahon who almost stopped his man in the 3rd round with excellent punching power however he was saved by the bell.
    Callum Mill fought an experienced fighter likewise and was unlucky to lose the bout. Irfan Majid in his first ever boxing fight fought like an experienced amateur and was one of the stars of the show with his work horse effort and conditioning deservedly gaining the victory with a majority verdict on the judges score cards.
    Craig MaCall was giving away a stone in weight and fought one of the best fighters on the American team but overcome the nerves to make it though to the end with some good defensive work, superb effort.
    Alan Llloyd fought the coach of the American team in an exhibition bout to start the event and although the bout wasn’t scored it was great to see Alan box after almost 20 years away from the ring.
     EX World Champ Tim Witherspoon and Steve Livingstone after their bout
    Steve Livingston was the star of the show boxing the ex World champion Tim Witherspoon. He was met by an electric reception and traded blows with the Ex champ and lasted the 3 x 2 minutes with ease. Bearing in Mind Steve struggled to last 1 minute of sparring when he started 12 weeks earlier. A fantastic effort from Steve and an inspiration to any potential boxer with ambition to box.
    There will hopefully be a return leg in New York in October but there is discussions to be held with the Fire Service for a similar night in November again at the Corn Exchange.
    We have won the W.C.B.C International cup which we will retain until the next event. A truly remarkable story given that we only started in January.”
     Battle of the Badges Boxing team
    LBP Boxing team
  • lbpolice 2:22 pm on May 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Battle of the Badges update 

    Pleased to say the event was a great success, with lots of money raised for charity.LBP edged out NYPD 4 bouts to 3 after a thrilling last fight. Mike Leask was delighted with result from his scratch team as this is believed to be the first defeat for the New York lads.

    Stevie Livingstone had the experience of a lifetime when he when up against ‘Terrible Tim’ and gained a draw and the respect of the former World Champion. To quote Stevie “I had the time of my life tonight. It was an amazing experience to box with Tim Witherspoon and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

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