Bobbies’ 999 fundraiser

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POLICE officers who organised a charity ball to collect funds for a charity set up by an officer injured in the line of duty, have raised more than £14,000.

The event was organised by South Yorkshire Police officers from Moss Way station to raise cash for PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation before his death earlier this year.

PC Rathband was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat after Moat murdered his ex-partner Samantha Stobbart’s new boyfriend Chris Brown in Gateshead in 2010.

Moat went on the rampage vowing to kill a police officer and shot PC Rathband in the face.

For almost a week Moat was the subject of a huge manhunt, which ended when he shot himself dead after a stand-off with armed police in the market town of Rothbury, Northumberland.

The PC, who set up his charity to help members of the emergency service injured while on duty, was found dead at his home in Northumberland earlier this year.

Last September Sgt Clive Collings and his colleagues held an event at Baldwin’s Omega in Sheffield which was attended by PC Rathband and his then wife Kath along with former chief constable Med Hughes.

Sgt Collings said: “The money is being sent to PC David Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation this week.”

They are now planning another bash for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.