A BEAT bobby is preparing to hit new heights as he gears up to take part in a gruelling challenge for a good cause.
Pc Steve Grainger is one of a team of 15 officers who will take on the three peaks challenge later this month.
He and 14 Northumbria Police officers have teamed up with workers from Sunderland City Council, Gentoo and The Galleries shopping centre to raise cash for Columbia Grange School, in Washington.
Later this month, the group of 18 will scale Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike, in England, and Snowdon in Wales.
The three peaks total 3,407 metres, which the team aim to complete within 24 hours.
All money raised by the team of determined trekkers will be donated to the school, which caters for pupils aged two to 11 with autism spectrum disorder and severe learning difficulties.
The cash will go towards improvements to the school’s new sensory park.
Pc Grainger, of Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Neighbourhood officers are regular visitors to the school, having built up strong links with both pupils and staff.
“When we heard the school needed help with funding towards their sensory park we were keen to help out.”
He added: “We work closely with staff at Sunderland Council and Gentoo, and together we’re determined to team up and face this challenge together to help pupils.”
David McNee, centre manager at The Galleries Shopping Centre and Retail Park, added: “I’m excited and nervous about participating in the Three Peaks event but looking forward to the challenge and also raising as much money as possible for a very worthy cause.”
The Northumbria Police Charities Fund recently donated play equipment to the school for their new outdoor play area.
They donated two pedal diggers and a tractor with trailers.
The charities committee helps individuals, organisations and good causes across the force area.
Anyone wanting to support the team as they take on their challenge on May 19 can text PEAK85 (cash amount) to 7070.