PC is honoured for fundraising

Charity concert is being held at The Gantry Pub to raise money for Upton Football Club after arsonist burnt it down. (h607a247)
Charity concert is being held at The Gantry Pub to raise money for Upton Football Club after arsonist burnt it down. (h607a247)
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A POLICE officer who raised thousands of pounds after a local football facility was burned out has been honoured for her commitment.

PC Stacey Caddick, from the South Kirkby neighbourhood police team (NPT), organised a fundraising drive after Upton Football Club’s catering facility was destroyed by arsonists, causing around £20,000 of damage.

It took firefighters around two hours to put out the blaze that spread to a metal unit and completely destroyed all of its contents, including around £6,000 worth of equipment.

PC Caddick was awarded for her commitment, enthusiasm and ability to communicate with local people and partner agencies at a ceremony in Wakefield at the end of last month.

PC Caddick was moved by the plight of the junior football club and organised an all-day concert at The Gantry in Upton back in December.

The well-attended event raised £2,700 towards refurbishing the Waggon Lane facility, which was the club’s primary source of funding. PC Caddick spent a lot of her own free time planning the event in order to get the teams back on track.

Chief Supt Andy Battle, of Wakefield District Police, said: “This summer’s awards really highlight some of the selflessness, community spirit and dedication to the common good we can witness in Wakefield District from both police staff and residents.

“Wakefield is a safe place with low and reducing crime rates and with the dedication, care and compassion shown by some of those awarded that trend is only set to continue.”