Bethan, Ceri, Helen, Jo and Kath are the 5 SWP Police Officers who joined 65DN for the ‘Conquering Kili’ challenge.
ACC Nikki Holland, the most senior female officer in South Wales Police, fully supports this initiative and said: “South Wales Police has a proud tradition of encouraging our officers and staff to push themselves to and beyond their limits. I am delighted that this opportunity is open to our staff and officers, giving five very lucky women a chance to see one of the great sights of the world. It will no doubt be a tough challenge, requiring team work and mutual support, traits that we nurture within our force.”
Beth originally from Neath has nearly 18 years service with South Wales Police, the majority of which has been in uniform, however 2 years ago she swapped her uniform for plain clothes, and became a Detective at the Swansea Criminal Investigation Department.
Beth is married with two beautiful young children, one of whom will celebrate her birthday whilst she is trekking up Kili.
Having competed to a high standard in various team sports over the years, she has maintained an active lifestyle by taking part in triathlons, half marathons and open water swimming events. Beth relishes a new challenge, thereby teaching her children and others that anything is possible. Beth feels honoured to support such a fantastic cause and is looking forward to being part of the team and raising funds for the RMCTF.
Ceri has been a Police Officer with South Wales Police for 14 years, she is currently a Detective Chief Inspector and for the past 4 years has been a senior investigating officer leading major and complex investigations. She enjoys the varied challenges that the service presents, the rewarding nature of her role and the opportunity to work within different teams to achieve a common goal.
Ceri enjoys keeping fit and active and accomplishing physical challenges. In recent years she has completed a number of marathons and other similar events both individually and as part of teams for a number of charitable causes such as children’s charity Dreams and Wishes and charities such as Cancer Research Wales.
Helen was born in South Africa but has lived in the UK since she was 3 years old. She moved to Wales to study Psychology at University and never left the country!
Helen will be spending her 33rd birthday on Kilimanjaro which will certainly be a birthday to remember. This will be a challenge of a lifetime for her and she is looking forward to spending it with such amazing people and supporting a very worthy charity.
She attended Dyffryn Comprehensive and following this went to work at Midland Bank in Bridgend. Jo joined South Wales Police aged 22 and has enjoyed a varied career to date, working in both plain clothes and uniform, in both covert and overt roles. Her posts have been based locally, regionally and nationally for a time when seconded to the National Crime Squad and the Wales Extremism and Counter Terrorism Unit but is currently a Chief Inspector based at Headquarters.She has recently completed a Masters degree at Warwick university in Police Leadership and Management.
Jo has always been a keen sports person, gaining international honours at cross country running as a schoolgirl and has played hockey since a teenager and continues to play for her local team. She enjoys walking her dog, cooking and travelling. Jo took up skiing at aged 30 and tries to ski most years where possible.
Kath has been a Police Officer for almost 27 years and a Detective Constable on the Specialist Crime Department for over 10 years, involved in the investigation of serious and Complex Crime enquiries. Kath is an experienced Family Liaison Officer and Force Family Liaison Advisor, providing support and guidance to the families of Murder victims throughout the Criminal Justice process. This is an extremely challenging but rewarding role and one which Kath feels passionate about.
Kath is a single mother to two teenage daughters and a crazy dog called Jeff. She will be the oldest female member of the team and keeps fit by attending Zumba classes and walking the glorious Gower coastline. With no previous experience of mountain climbing, ‘Conquering Kili’ is a massive personal challenge to her.
Kath was involved in fundraising and supporting the HCUK Challenge in 2013 and feels honoured to be involved in this challenge and fundraising for the RMCTF .
65 Degrees North were joined by 5 injured Royal Marines and 5 female Police Officers from South Wales Police and collectively became one team ...'Team Kili'!
Team Kili successfully 'Conquered Kili' and raised funds for the Royal Marines Charity, which provides a better quality of life to serving and retired Royal Marines and their families.
Changing the perception of physical and mental disability through the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ 65DN aim to inspire and motivate others to overcome, achieve and succeed.
Conquering Kili was undertaken to promote disability awareness and recognise the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Many sufferers do not recognise their symptoms or realise they are treatable, others try to hide it because they feel ashamed and as a consequence their situation deteriorates.
PTSD is a normal reaction to extreme trauma and it is vital to de-stigmatise this condition in order for sufferers to seek early diagnosis and treatment.