Jamie Alcock has spent the last 80 days driving his shire horses from Gloucestershire to Morayshire in memory of his brother. He is set to complete the 650-mile trip in Elgin this Friday – despite being hospitalised part way through the challenge following an accident.
Jamie started the trip back on June 5th with his Shire horses, Willam and Millie, and Boo Boo Beithe the farm dog and is set to complete the journey on Friday, August 27, at 12 noon in Cooper Park, Elgin. All funds raised are going towards Police Care UK and The Firefighter’s Charity.
He was inspired to take on the challenge in memory of his brother, PC John Alcock who was an officer with Grampian Police, stationed at Elgin in Morayshire. PC Alcock sadly died in 2017, 14 years after being injured on duty in August 2003. He was travelling for his shift on Royal Protection at Balmoral when he was involved in a road traffic accident and never regained consciousness. Some two years after the accident, John returned home to a hospital room that had been created at his house. He received round-the-clock care from two nurses, with help from a mixture of charities including Police Care UK. John was buried with full Police honours at Garmouth, just north of Fochabers.
Jamie said: “My brother was a copper, he was injured whilst on duty and ended up in a coma for 14 years before passing away. The way the charities responded to it and supported his family was amazing. I always wanted to do something about it, and the way the charities have been hit by lack of donations, I thought now was the time to do it”.
Jamie hopes to raise £50,000 overall and has already reached more than £34,000. Jamie will donate 75% of the money he raises to Police Care UK and 25% to The Fire Fighters Charity.
Jamie’s progress was suddenly stalled midway through the trip when he was involved in an accident with the horses. He was hospitalised with multiple injuries, including cracked ribs. He remained in hospital for just over a week while he recovered, and the future of the challenge hung in the balance. However, Jamie was determined to continue and got back on the road to finish the route, only a week behind schedule. We are all very grateful to the staff at Ninewells Hospital who took such good care of Jamie and got him back on his feet.
There will be plenty of opportunity to welcome and support Jamie and his four-legged friends in Elgin, as well as at several stops along the way this week. They are set to leave Grantown-on-Spey on Wednesday to travel to Ballindalloch. Thursday will then see him travel to Rothes, where he will visit the local fire station, before finishing in Elgin at midday on Friday.
“As sad as it what happened to my brother was, the real inspiration was the way the police charities and federation responded, not just to what happened to him on the day but afterwards. They did a lot to help his partner and young son. He eventually received a big compensation payout, which was eaten up with care, but the charities wouldn’t take a penny back for what they had done,” Jamie said. “I have always thought that I could never repay them, but I know with what has happened with Covid in the last 12 months, charities have taken a massive hit and now I want to raise money to put it back in the pot to help other people.” Jamie said.
Police Care UK makes sure both serving and former police colleagues who suffer harm, and their families, have someone to turn to when things get tough. The charity believes everyone should understand the dangers police face every day, and how the harm they suffer can affect both them and their families. Around one in five police officers is living with some form of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to 2018 research by Police Care UK, with over 90 percent of officers and staff having been exposed to trauma and 65 percent not feeling this had been well managed. By providing a specialist and confidential programme of practical, emotional, and financial support, Police Care UK help more people effectively recover and rebuild their lives.
Police Care UK Chief Executive, Gill Scott-Moore says “We are very honoured that Jamie and his team are undertaking this huge challenge to support our charity. We see families that are significantly affected by the challenges of policing every single day and we are so very appreciative of anyone who supports us by raising funds to enable us to continue doing so. Jamie and his family must have had such a terrible time when his brother was sadly injured on duty, and we are glad we were able to support them at the time. We don’t ask for anything in return for what we do but we are so very grateful to Jamie, Willam and Millie and the rest of his support team”.
Louise Blair, Community Fundraising Manager for Police Care UK, says: “Jamie is a true inspiration, as are his wonderful horses Willam and Millie, not forgetting Boo Boo the carriage canine companion. This challenge is one of a kind and has won the hearts and admiration of all that have seen him on his journey up the country. The funds raised will mean so much to us a charity and those that we support.”
Margaret Barnes, The Fire Fighters Charity Corporate, Community and Events Fundraiser, says: “Watching Jamie over the last few weeks has been truly inspirational for all of us at The Fire Fighters Charity. His dedication to the challenge and honouring his brother is incredible to see, as well as his close bond with Millie, Willam and Boo Boo Beithe. We’re so grateful for his support and send him our heartfelt thanks.”
You will be able to follow the journey in real time and see the intended route by clicking here >
You can also follow Jamie on Instagram and see how he is getting on! Straightfromthehorsesmouth2021
Thank you Jamie and team!