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On Tuesday, May 17 and Thursday, June 16, members of the Close Protection Unit, Royal Military Police, were in attendance in Chichester city centre, collecting donations on behalf of our corps charity, the Central Benevolent Fund (CBF), Royal Military Police.

The interest and support we received for the residents of Chichester was absolutely fantastic.

We were overwhelmed by well-wishers who told us how good it was to see the Redcaps back home on the streets of Chichester and by the ‘old and bold’ servicemen and women who shared their own military memories with us.

Your support was astounding; over the two days you donated a staggering £5,206.50.

On behalf of the officer commanding, Major Andrew Banks, and the team at the Close Protection Unit, Royal Military Police, thank you very much indeed for supporting our charity.

Our bucket collection in Chichester was but one part of a wider CPU fundraising effort for the CBF.

We at CPU have formed a CBF Challenge 2011 team to undertake seven endurance challenges throughout the year and are attempting to raise £20,000 for the charity.

Our challenges are:

24-hour non-stop Mile-a-thon.

Welsh 3000s – 24-mile hike over Snowdonia.

24-hour non-stop Row-a-thon.

Classic Quarter 44-mile ultra marathon at Lands End.

Lands End to John O’Groats non-stop cycle.

Mount Everest climb – ascend Snowdon until we reach 29,029ft (height of Mt Everest).

Pen-Y-Fan challenge – complete the infamous Special Forces ‘fan dance’ four times in 24 hours.

For those readers who may have missed our collection buckets in Chichester, but would still like to contribute to our £20,000 target, I have set up an internet web page ( for on-line donations to our charity effort.

All contributions will be gratefully received.

Micky McLean


Close Protection Unit

Royal Millitary Police