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Officers raise £40,000 for Sgt Matt Ratana's family

News   •   Dec 10, 2020 16:37 GMT

[Sgt Paul Hollis who organised the virtual 10k running event]

A Met officer has raised over £40,000 with a 10k running series in honour of Sergeant Matt Ratana.

Lewisham Custody Sergeant Paul Hollis organised a 10k running event which participants could do in their own time between Friday, 20 November and Thursday, 10 December to raise money for a support fund for Matt’s family.

Sergeant Hollis himself has ran 10k every day and completed his final 21st consecutive run today (Thursday, 10 December).

Sergeant Hollis put out a flyer for a 10K run to his Met colleagues and ordered 100 bespoke T-shirts and medals for the participants.

However, within weeks he had more than 2,000 people signing up from police forces across the country alongside firefighters, ambulance crews and running clubs.

Sergeant Hollis said: “I organised the 10k running series in honour of my colleague and friend Matt in order to raise money for his partner.

“I initially only expected around 100 people to sign up but I’ve been overwhelmed with the support from everyone. Luckily colleagues have got involved helping with the massive logistical operation of posting the T-shirts and medals.

“I know that the event has gone global with people running in Matt’s honour in various parts of the world, even as far away as Pakistan.

“I’ve ended up running 10k every day without fail since 20 November and this wasn’t part of my original plan at all!”

Sergeant Hollis continued: “I’ve managed to fit in a run every day, even around my night shifts, with one being 19 laps around Lewisham police station at 2 o’clock in the morning.

“Last Sunday, I was returning from my run near Tunbridge Wells when I saw three people running with the T-shirts I’ve been sending out. I pulled over to have a chat with them and was astonished to find out that all three of the runners were Kent police officers. That was just absolutely amazing to see.

“The last run from New Scotland Yard to Paddington Green was really significant, as that is where I used to work and live with Matt.”