Police in London to Brighton run to aid Help for Heroes

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The officers ran a total of 54 miles

A group of Metropolitan Police officers have run from London to Brighton to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity.

The 20-strong team left their base in Clapham and covered the 54-mile route finishing at Brighton Pier in seven-and-a-half hours.

The team carried a 7.8kg public order shield the entire way.

Money raised is going to the charity, which works to support veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sgt Joe Ross said: "We all really wanted to raise funds for the boys and girls in the army who are so brave and work very hard in difficult conditions.

"We wanted to thank them and give something back by supporting a great cause.

"It was really windy and rainy but members of the public were so kind and generous the whole way - we had people stopping in their cars and jumping out to make a donation."

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