Published 24 September 2018

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The Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott joined 16 of Kent’s Volunteer Police Cadets for a fundraising run at Mote Park, Maidstone.

All the cadets completed the Subway Helping Hearts Family 5km course in under an hour and in doing so raised more than £800 for Heart Research UK and local charity the Young Lives Foundation.

Matthew Scott, who also took part in the event on Sunday 16 September said:

‘It was a pleasure to run alongside the young cadets and lend them my support. They give up their time for their communities and I couldn’t be more proud of them.’

PC David Minto, the leader of the Maidstone Volunteer Police Cadets unit, said:

‘As always, I am very proud of the unit's performance. They attend many functions within the community, always resulting in positive comments on their attendance and achievements. Maidstone are a credit to their leaders within the Volunteer Police Cadets scheme and the Kent Police organisation.’

Kent Police has more than 400 Volunteer Police Cadets aged between 13 and 17 spread across units based in Maidstone, Canterbury, Dover, Tonbridge, Medway and Gravesham; plus new units opening in Sittingbourne, Swanley and Ashford.

The cadets were launched in 2016 after the PCC Mr Scott committed to using funds from his office to get the scheme off the ground.

Chief Inspector Jason Wenlock, from Kent Police’s Citizens in Policing Team, said:

‘Kent’s Volunteer Police Cadets have been running for over 18 months now and in that time, over 15,000 hours have been volunteered by the cadets for the communities they serve. They have raised money for local and national charities, whilst continuing to develop as individuals and as teams. We are very proud of the efforts of our cadets and will continue to identify new initiatives for them to get involved with.’