Friends and colleagues of a North Yorkshire police officer killed as he responded to an emergency call have so far raised £20,000 to support his young sons.
PC Andrew Bramma, who went to school in Pudsey, died when the police van he was driving left the road and struck a tree near Ripon in January this year.
Following his death, a fund was established to support his two sons, Jack and Sam, who were aged just three years and 11 months at the time of their father’s death.
Since then, fundraising has been taking place in North Yorkshire, in Greater Manchester where he served until four months before he died, and in his home town of Leeds.
Sgt Mike Stubbs, of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “Thanks to donations from members of the public, police officers around the country, and in particular, Andrew’s former colleagues in North Yorkshire and Greater Manchester Police, together with members of Stanningley Rugby League Club where he played, more than £20,000 has been raised for the ‘Jack and Sam Fund’. But we are aiming to substantially increase that in the coming months.”
Wristbands bearing PC Bramma’s Greater Manchester and North Yorkshire warrant card numbers have been produced and are now available for a suggested donation of £1. They have been made in yellow, blue and white to represent PC Bramma’s passion for Leeds Rhinos and Leeds United.
Sgt Stubbs also praised the efforts of PC Bramma’s colleagues around North Yorkshire who have undertaken a variety of activities to support the fund. At Harrogate police station, where PC Bramma was based, a number of cake sales and raffles have been held.
Wristbands are available from the inquiry desk at Harrogate, Skipton, Northallerton, York, and Scarborough police stations. Donations can be made by cheque payable to ‘NYPF Jack and Sam Fund’.