A cheering crowd greeted Jamie Alcock and his magnificent shire horses Millie and William as they crossed the finished line in a sunny Cooper Park, Elgin on Friday, 26th August. The Coldcroft Shires Challenge brought Jamie 650 miles from his farm in Gloucestershire in memory of his brother, PC John Alcock of Grampian Police, who was left in a coma following a road accident while on duty in 2003 and who died 14 years later in 2017. PC Alcock was buried with full Police honours in Garmouth.
Jamie’s Challenge was to raise money for Police Care UK and the Fire Fighters Charity in honour of the local Police federation and Chief Constable who generously looked after John, his partner and son. Jamie began his journey in early June, his stops included the Scottish Police Memorial near Kincardine where PC John Alcock’s name is carved. By journey’s end, £40,000 had been raised with more on the way.
As Jamie steered the horses and carriage into the Cooper Park, he was piped to the finishing line by Elgin Academy pupil Katie Lawrence. Vice Lord Lieutenant Nancy Robson had the honour of cutting the ribbon as Jamie, the shire horses and companionable dog Boo Boo drove through to a fantastic welcome from Grampian Police, the Fire Brigade, the two charities honoured and around 200 people. Many congratulations to Jamie and his support team on the success of this inspirational Challenge.