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Just the ticket. . . that’s what friends are for

January 9, 2014

WHY not start the new year as you mean to carry on – by showing your support for the pioneering new service of Staffordshire Young Police Cadets and taking a great weight off my shoulders into the bargain.

This is definitely one for your diaries and the chance to help me help Staffordshire’s young upstanding citizens of tomorrow.

I’ve been able to acquire the services of one of the finest musical talents in the UK today – The British Police Symphony Orchestra (BPSO). This unique organisation, which provides musical enjoyment for all, has agreed to perform a concert in aid of our new Staffordshire Young Police Cadets.

The orchestra draws its members from across the police forces of the UK – players who are all either serving or retired police officers, police staff or other members of the extended police family. The orchestra’s chairman is Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable, Mike Cunningham.

Our special charity night for the Staffordshire Corporate Social Responsibility Fund will be on Saturday April 12, 2014 at 7.30pm at the Lichfield Garrick theatre with the BPSO hoping to raise the roof – and thousands of pounds.

The show will have a Legends and Heroes theme and the orchestra will enthrall the audience with music including Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Sibelius’ Finlandia.

And where do you fit in to this great occasion?

As a true friend, all I’m asking is that on your rounds of connecting with friends, family and business acquaintances that you agree to selling some BPSO concert tickets to one or all of those groups!

It would be nice to sell a batch of 10 or a dozen but even if you can only manage three – all I want is a firm commitment from you on numbers.

I’ll guarantee to get the tickets to you (I’m the delivery girl) – which are priced on a first-come-first-served basis of £20 – all you have to do is persuade your friend or contact what a great night they’re in for and it’s Mission Accomplished.

If you’re feeling ambitious (or extra considerate towards me) there’s a £40 VIP package, which includes a champagne and canapés reception by TV and former British embassies’ chef Simon Smith.

In total we want to sell 450 tickets for the April 12 event to raise money for the cadet charity and allow new units to be formed, uniforms to be provided, transport allocated and much more.

As deputy police and crime commissioner, I’m organising the event and there’s no doubt that Staffordshire Young Police Cadets are already working hard to support their local community.

The service is all about giving advantages to young people – some from challenging backgrounds – who through a positive and vibrant programme can learn how to become responsible citizens.

Successful cadets’ units have already been launched in Stafford and Cannock  – with next up Stoke-on-Trent – all thanks to funding from patrons and sponsors.

For more details on taking tickets from me, call me on 01827 383886, 01785 232498/232270 or 07990 553938, email sue.arnold@staffordshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk

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