Wakefield prison officers’ tribute to Manchester PC Nicola Hughes, who was murdered by Dale Cregan

Wakefield prison officers Kevin Batty, Steve Beevers, Ted McGuire and Simon Huber outside Henry Boons.
Wakefield prison officers Kevin Batty, Steve Beevers, Ted McGuire and Simon Huber outside Henry Boons.

Prison officers will take on a gruelling cycle challenge to raise money in memory of a murdered police woman.

The group from HMP Wakefield will set off from Land’s End to John O’Groats on Sunday to support the Care of Police Survivors (COPS).

PC Nicola Hughes.

PC Nicola Hughes.

They were inspired to take on the charity mission after PC Nicola Hughes was murdered in Manchester last year.

Her father Bryn Hughes is also an officer at the city prison.

The three men planning to ride around 950 miles in eight days will be Kevin Batty, Steve Beevers and Simon Huber. They will be followed by colleague Ted McGuire, who will drive a van full of supplies.

Mr Batty, 48, of Wrenthorpe, said: “We have all seen what Bryn has been through, which is devastating. He is a quiet unassuming guy and we wanted to do our little bit to help.”

Mr Beevers, 44, of Wakefield, said: “It is about trying to raise awareness of the charity and do as much as we can to support a good close friend.

“I’ve worked with Bryn for a number of years and met Nicola. She was a really nice girl and it was a massive shock to us all.”

The team will set off on Sunday, completing around 120 miles a day before returning to Wakefield on Monday, June 24. The regulars at Henry Boons have been backed by the Westagte pub, which has also lent them two vans for the expedition.

A fundraising night last Friday raised more than £700 towards the WPC Nicola Hughes Lands End to John O’Groats Memorial Cycle Ride.

So far they have got around £2,000, but hope to double that before the end of their journey.

Mr McGuire, 61, of Wakefield, said: “Staff at the prison have raised thousands of pounds for charities over the years, but this time it is for one of our own.

“We can only hope people will support a very worthwhile cause which is being run in unison with the charity Care of Police Survivors.”

PC Hughes, 23, and her colleague PC Fiona Bone, 32, were killed in September last year after they attended what had appeared to be a routine burglary call to a house in Greater Manchester.

Today (Thursday) Dale Cregan was jailed for life for their murders.

To sponsor the prison officers visit www.justgiving.com/rideforpcnicolahughes