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Mini's major fundraiser

There's nothing mini about Boston's Mini Police fundraising efforts.

When a last-minute idea was hatched for a mini marathon at the Blue Light Day in Central Park last October PC Tim Newell expected 20 or 30 Mini Police to take part. He said he was overwhelmed to be greeted by 70-plus yellow-jacketed runners.

Between them the children taking part raised more than £1,800 in sponsorship and, at the Guildhall in Boston on Thursday (January 31), cheques were handed over to LIVES, St John Ambulance, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Lowland Search and Rescue.

Insp Andy Morrice, Boston's community inspector, told the Mini Police representatives, and their parents, how proud he was of their achievement given that they only had four days' notice to raise the cash.

He said: "I am immensely proud to be in Boston where we launched the Mini Police project and have seen it go right across the county because of the success we have had with it. We are so proud of it. You are doing an amazing job."

Chief Insp James Trafford echoed his sentiments, telling the children: "Be proud of yourselves."

The Blue Light Day was co-hosted by Lincolnshire Police and Boston Borough Council and showcased the emergency services. Mini Police were launched in two Boston schools and encourages stronger links between children and police in their area. Thanks to the success of the Boston scheme Home Office funding has enabled it to be rolled out across Lincolnshire.

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