This year we are proud to be supporting Light the Lakes.
Light the Lakes is an annual fundraising event that first took place in 2012, organised by retired PS Ian Davis. Back then, 594 members of the Police family got together to climb Wainwright peaks in the Lake District, raising money to support the orphaned children of murdered Surrey DC Heather Cooper.
Since then, the event has continued in honour of fallen police colleagues and to support the charity COPS (Care of Police Survivors) of whom Metfriendly are also keen supporters.
It’s an opportunity for those participating to remember the friends and colleagues they’ve lost, and to reflect as they light blue flares at peaks around the lakes.
DS Vinny Wagjiani, who now helps to lead the Light the Lakes team, said:
"I am humbled to be leading this great event, and to see so many people from across the UK raising funds for COPS in memory of lost colleagues. For me, it is a special moment just after the peaks are lit up to reflect and to think about my fallen workmates, their families and how honoured we are to be police officers."
This year we were delighted to support the event by running a photo competition. Those who took part on the climb were invited to send us their photos, with the chance to win a £100 voucher, or a runners-up £25 voucher of their choice. We had a great response and we’re pleased to be able to show you some of the winning entries.
Light the Lakes 2019 winning entry:
Some of the Light the Lakes 2019 runner up entries: