Charity climb

25th May 2011'Staff at Pontefract police station raised cash for the stroke unit at Pinderfields by climbing Snowdonia.'Pictured: Hostpital staff and police L/R: Irene Flemming, Janet Tennant, Alison Sharp, Valerie Bugg, Vanessa Young, Paul and Christine Guest, Stephanie Tempest.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

25th May 2011'Staff at Pontefract police station raised cash for the stroke unit at Pinderfields by climbing Snowdonia.'Pictured: Hostpital staff and police L/R: Irene Flemming, Janet Tennant, Alison Sharp, Valerie Bugg, Vanessa Young, Paul and Christine Guest, Stephanie Tempest.' PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE

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AN intrepid group of staff at Pontefract Police Station aimed high to raise £1,000 for the stroke unit at Wakefield’s Pinderfields Hospital.

Officers from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) scaled the heights of Mount Snowdon to boost the coffers of the ward, where a colleague’s wife received treatment after suffering a stroke.

PC Deb Ardron, help desk officer Val Bugg, NPT co-ordinator Irene Fleming, former police officer Spike Major and PCSOs Vanessa Young, Jane McMillan and Paul Guest took part in the challenge – cheered on by Paul’s wife Christine, 53, who has made a full recovery since having a medium stroke in December.

She said: “I would like to thank all the team for doing this, it meant a lot to me. The stroke came as such a surprise and I was so grateful to the stroke unit nurses for helping me.”

The donation from the NPT will help the ward buy new equipment.

PC Ardron said: “We all wanted to do something positive to help and say thanks to the unit that looked after Christine. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us.”

Alison Sharp, senior ward sister added: “We’d like to thank the team so much.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/snowcops to sponsor the group.