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Wristbands will help raise money for injured Special Constable

'Above and beyond' - this is the statement of solidarity officers across Basildon are wearing to support a Special Constable who was injured in a road traffic collision while on duty.

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 Pc Simon Bailey with wristbands

Pc Simon Bailey and his colleagues have organised rubber wristbands marked with the words to raise money for Reece Clarke who is being treated in hospital following the collision in Basildon in July last year.

When he leaves Northwick Park Hospital in Middlesex Reece will need special equipment and care to help with his rehabilitation.

Pc Simon Bailey said: "I wanted to get some wristbands to raise money as they are a good visible way for people to support Reece whilst he is rehabilitating in hospital. We chose the words above and beyond because we wanted it to also symbolise the support and assistance that the Special Constabulary as a whole give regular police officers. 

"Everyday, specials go above and beyond and work alongside us to make our communities safer, and Reece and his fight to recover is quite a profound representation of that.”

Reece is well respected amongst his fellow officers who were impressed with his dedication and enthusiasm every time he worked a shift.

Pc Bailey added: "I worked with Reece since he joined Essex Police, and attached to my response shift in Billericay and Wickford. 

"As soon as he got to grips with the role he showed how keen he was and would get stuck in with every part of the job, even the less glamorous parts like paperwork!

"Whenever he worked a shift he was always first to start, and would leave with the last officer on and that kind of enthusiasm didn’t go unnoticed by us.”

The wrist bands mark the start of several fundraising efforts that are being undertaken this year by Reece’s colleagues.

Since the road traffic collision last year, Essex Police has provided the appropriate welfare support to Reece’s family, and the fundraising efforts by individual officers are in addition to the support already given.



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