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Concert proves a smash hit for ‘legends and heroes’

May 21, 2014

blog 12 04 14 01THE music undoubtedly raised the roof as well as thousands of pounds for the real stars of the show – Staffordshire Young Police Cadets.

Lichfield Garrick theatre was the setting for the British Police Symphony Orchestra’s fundraising concert with all the proceeds going towards the on-going roll-out of the cadets’ programme in 2014 across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The show centred on a Legends and Heroes theme and the orchestra enthralled the audience with music including Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Sibelius’ Finlandia.

As the event organiser it was gratifying to see 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.

This has been 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.

blog 12 04 14 02The 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 and others planned for Lichfield and Tamworth – all thanks to funding from patrons and sponsors which will pay for things such as uniforms, allocation of transport and much more.

The high-profile event is expected to attract further patrons and sponsors to fund the Cadets’ service.

The evening was a great success – featuring brilliant, show-stopping music from the BPSO.

It was fantastic to see so many police cadets in their uniform at the event. They are a credit to themselves, their families and their communities.

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.

Proceeds from the show will mean even more youngsters will benefit from the service as it continues to roll out across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

blog 12 04 14 03The BPSO is made up of musicians from across the UK, many who are either serving or retired police officers, police staff or other members of the extended police family. Its chairman is Staffordshire Police’s Chief Constable Mike Cunningham.

The BPSO will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. They perform all over the country and amazingly have raised more than £150,000 for a variety of charities and good causes.

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham said: “The orchestra brings together talented musicians who are great ambassadors for the British police service. Rehearsals and performances are all done in the members own time and their excellent concerts have resulted in significant amounts of money being raised for charity.

“I am very proud to be their chairman and we are very grateful that they have again raised funds for Staffordshire Cadets.”

blog 12 04 14 05In return for becoming a patron, businesses’ contributions are recognised through publicity, a framed certificate and other opportunities. For more details visit

For more details on the cadets’ service call me on 01827 383886, 01785 232498/232270 or 07990 553938 as well as email at

FOOTNOTE: Cadets in Cannock have been delving into the history of the Brixton riots – to see how laws can be used to create mistrust.

The 30 youngsters of the local unit looked at how and why the Police and Criminal Evidence Act was introduced as well as learning at first hand what it feels like to be in a ‘stop and search’ situation.

For more information on this go which gives advice on this subject.

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