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PSNI join staff at Belfast International Airport to take the Polar Plunge for charity

By Kirsten Elder

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are asking the pubic to get involved with their Polar Plunge on Friday December 5.

PSNI officers from the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) joined staff from Belfast International Airport to launch the run up to the Polar Plunge, in aid of Special Olympics Ulster.

Some brave people have already signed up for this great cause, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr, Constable Naomi Morrison, Mayor of Antrim Brian Graham and Managing Director of Belfast International Airport, Graham Keddie.

Graham Keddie, MD of Belfast International Airport said: “We are proud to partner with the LETR to host this exciting Polar Plunge event at Belfast International Airport. I’m personally looking forward to taking the first plunge with Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr and members of our management team and colleagues from throughout the airport will follow by taking part in the plunge throughout the day. We would encourage the public to join us and get involved in this great event for a very special cause.”

The huge pool is 12ft by 20ft and can hold 4,000 gallons of ice-cold water.

It will be placed at the front of Belfast International Airport and people will take the plunge in the cold December temperatures.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said: “Over 85,000 police officers from 48 countries across the world work together to deliver LETR events each year, acting as Guardians of Flame, ensuring the delivery of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to the opening ceremonies of local Special Olympics competitions, as well as taking part in fundraising activities to support Special Olympics programmes.

“The PSNI is proud to join our colleagues in An Garda Siochana and other law enforcement officers to take part in this Polar Plunge’.

The Special Olympics was established in Ulster in 1978, and provides year-round sports training to athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Ulster currently has a network of 92 clubs across Ulster and is supported by a network of 5,855 volunteers with plans to recruit and train 150 new volunteers for the next four years.

For more information on the Special Olympics Polar Plunge events visit: www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge

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