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Sounds good to me . . . with plenty of ‘symphony’ for our special upbeat charity night

January 29, 2014

Cadets distribute leaflets for the Garrick fund-raising showTHESE three youngsters have a special ‘smiles better’ message to all those of you who want to show your support for the pioneering new service of Staffordshire Young Police Cadets.

Here’s a real chance to show your charitable side . . . wear your corporate social responsibility hat  . . . and have a magically, melodic night of entertainment while enjoying a special one-off classical concert.

For the sumptuous Lichfield Garrick theatre is playing host to an extraordinary event in the spring.

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

As Staffordshire’s deputy police and crime commissioner, I have acquired 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 the county’s new cadets.

What could be more fitting than one fine ambassador for the British Police Service agreeing to a charity fundraiser for a fledging group of ambassadors who are undoubtedly developing into proud and upstanding citizens of tomorrow.

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.

The 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.

The organisers are hoping 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.

In return the cadets, who’ve already taken time out to deliver leaflets in Lichfield to let the locals know about the concert, have won praise from the event organiser.

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.

Tickets will provide a great experience for friends and family as well as ensuring your hard-earned money goes to a great cause which is making a real difference locally.

The cadet scheme was a key election pledge for Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis. It aims to strengthen links between the police and young people and promote good citizenship.

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. All proceeds from the concert will help pay for the on-going roll-out of the cadets’ programme across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

It is also hoped that the high-profile event will attract further patrons and sponsors to fund the Cadets’ service. In return for becoming a patron, businesses’ contributions are recognised through publicity, a framed certificate and other opportunities. For more details visit

Tickets for the concert, priced at £18 to £20, are on sale now at while VIP tickets, costing £40 and including a champagne and canapé reception, are also available.

A video promoting the event, featuring Mrs Arnold and Staffordshire Police mascot Kash the dog, can be seen at

  • For more details on getting tickets, you can call me on 01827 383886, 01785 232498/232270 or 07990 553938 as well as email at
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