Police fundraiser in honour of blinded PC

Generous: Rachael Drabble and Clive Collings with colleagues.
Generous: Rachael Drabble and Clive Collings with colleagues.
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BOBBIES from a Sheffield police station are swapping the beat for the bar when they hold a fundraising dinner in honour of a colleague injured in the line of duty.

Officers from ‘D’ Group at Moss Way nick have organised the dinner because they were so moved by the plight of PC David Rathband from Northumbria Police who was blinded when he was shot in the face by killer Raoul Moat.

The event takes place at Baldwins Omega, Sheffield, on Thursday, September 29 and all funds raised will go to the Blue Lamp Foundation - a charity set up by PC Rathband to raise money for members of the emergency services injured on duty.

Among VIP guests are Rotherham police officer and football referee Howard Webb, comedian Lea Roberts, Geoff Miller, England cricket selection board chairman and PC Rathband.

The event will be compered by BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration and entertainment provided by magician Steve Faulkner.

Sgt Clive Collings, who is organising the do along with Pc Rachael Drabble, said: “We have all been genuinely moved by PC Rathband’s story and the dignity with which he has conducted himself since the incident that led to his loss of sight in July last year.

“It is a particular irony that David Rathband, who was a qualified football referee, lost his sight in the same week SYP’s Howard Webb was refereeing the World Cup Final.

“I’m sure they will enjoy meeting in September. If the evening is successful we plan to make it an annual event.”

The officers are seeking a main sponsor and have also secured auction prizes, including signed football shirts from the Blades, Owls, Rotherham and Arsenal and prizes donated by Sheffield Arena, Sheffield Theatres and Abbotts Cookshop.

n Tickets are £45. To buy tickets or offer sponsorship or an auction prize, call PC Drabble on 07557 124510 or Sgt Collings on 07920 533247.