A POLICE constable is gearing up to cycle hundreds of miles through South-East Asia in memory of heroic officer David Rathband.
Pc Jenna White, who has served with Northumbria Police for five years, is now preparing for a gruelling eight-day bike ride from Vietnam to Cambodia.
The ride is in aid of Pc Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation, set up by the former Sunderland officer to help emergency services personnel hurt in the line of duty.
Jenna, 26, of Chester-le-Street, has been training with sister Lisa, 27, and the pair completed a sponsored spinathon at Bannatyne’s Health Club in the home town, which raised £120.
Jenna, who is part of the 24/7 response team at Northumbria, said: “I was a serving police officer at the time when Pc Rathband was shot and it was such a shame to see what he went through.
“I think the foundation is a fantastic cause and I am looking forward to the bike ride, from Vietnam to Cambodia. It will cover about 400km over eight days, so it’s going to be tough.”
Pc Rathband was blinded by gunman Raoul Moat in July 2010 after Moat had shot and injured his former partner Samantha Stobbart and killed her boyfriend Chris Brown.
Moat was eventually tracked down to the Northumbrian village of Rothbury where he took his own life.
Despite losing his sight, Pc Rathband set up the charity as a way of helping others who found themselves in the same position as he did. He died in 2012.
“David gave his life to the police and I absolutely love my job so I fully understand why he did it,” added Jenna.
“Every day is so different and exciting and I just love helping people.”
General manager of Bannatyne’s Health Club in Chester-le-Street, Daniel Gray, said: “It’s fantastic what Jenna and Lisa will be doing and we will be supporting them all of the way.
“They’ve been training incredibly hard and it’s tiring just watching them.”
Jenna and Lisa’s charity challenge is set to take place in March.
To donate go to www.justgiving.com/Jenna-White1 or www.justgiving.com/SCLisa-White.