PC Mark gets on his bike!

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A Deeside police officer has set off on a unique 3300 mile motorcycle trip around the country in a bid to raise money for injured Royal Marine Commandos.

Constable Mark Robinson, who was featured in last week’s Piper, is collecting donations at every police headquarters in the UK before being met by the charity Commando999’s ambassador Lorraine Kelly at the final stop in London.

In addition to visiting Britain’s 51 Police HQ’s, Mark will also call a 10 Downing Street, Royal Marine bases and RM Hasler in Plymouth where he will meet some of the brave men the money raised will go towards helping.

The Westhill-based officer will travel an average of 330 miles a day on a modified police motorbike which has been loaned by Kawasaki UK.

PC Robinson said: “As police officers, we do have a dangerous job but not normally one which puts our lives in danger on a daily basis. The charitable work of Commando999 offers these brave men some assurance that they and their families will be looked after should the worst happen.

“A lot of people do sponsored marathons and the like, which I might have managed 20 years ago, but at 48 I knew I had to rule that out or risk becoming a casualty myself!

“As a keen motorcyclist, the idea of a sponsored ride seemed an obvious choice. It will certainly be a challenge. I am looking to the people of the North-east to show their support for our troops by helping to make it a success through offering a few pounds as sponsorship.”

To sponsor the officer, who has so far raised around £1,200, visit www.bmycharity.com/GOINGTHEEXTRAMILE2012