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Officers lace up their boots for charity match with Essex Fire Service

19 Oct Officers lace up their boots for charity match with Essex Fire Service

Officers from across the force took to the pitch and went head-to-head with fire-fighters in a special charity football match yesterday Tuesday, October 18.

The Silent Witness Cup aims to raise awareness of domestic violence, as well as the help and support available from Essex Police and our partner agencies.

Now in its ninth year, the match supports Domestic Violence Awareness Week, an annual week of activity to raise awareness, spark conversation and show solidarity with survivors of domestic violence.

“I’m looking forward to leading the lads out for what should be a fun and enjoyable game.

“Domestic violence can be a difficult subject for people to openly talk about and discuss. The event gives us the opportunity to come together and raise awareness for a really important cause.”
Lee Warrington, Captain of the Essex Police

Pc Nicola Pain, who helped organise the event, said: “Essex Police takes reports of domestic abuse extremely seriously and we want people to know there is support available for them.

“We are committed to working closely with our partners to help put an end to domestic abuse and ensure those affected can regain control of their lives and move towards a safer and happier future.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the match on Tuesday October 18 at the Hullbridge FC ground in Rochford. Kick off is at 6pm. There will be refreshments available and a raffle with all proceeds going to Changing Pathways.

Changing Pathways (formerly known as Basildon Women’s Aid) is a domestic abuse charity working across the areas of Basildon, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Thurrock. The charity provides free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing, or have previously experienced domestic abuse.