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  • Writer's picturePhil Packer

The Royal Military Police embrace the BRIT 2021 Challenge to support young adult mental health

We are delighted that the Defence School of Policing and Guarding (DSPG) and the Specialist Operations Regiment (Spec Ops) have entered a team in the BRIT 2021 Challenge to support and improve young adult mental health throughout the UK.

Warrant Officer (Class 1) Dougie Glew RMP (SIB) at the Service Police Crime Bureau, Specialist Operations Regiment, Royal Military Police, is coordinating their team.

We are sincerely grateful to Dougie, and to the Provost Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer (Class 1) Danny Coombs RMP and the Warrant Officer in charge of Information & Media Support at Headquarters Provost Marshal (Army) and 1st Military Police Brigade, Warrant Officer (Class 2) Sarah Stephens, for all their support.

The BRIT 2021 Challenge is a 2,021 mile team challenge (to be completed by the 1st July 2021) and an inclusive feel-good fundraiser to improve mental health and fitness, all whilst raising vital funds to support young adult mental health.

Every UK university, college and student unions' are invited to register to take part, enter teams, and support student and staff participation, both on campus or at home.

The Challenge is designed to be completed by individuals working as a team to cover the 2,021 mile distance by either hand-cycling, cycling, wheelchair pushing, swimming, walking, jogging, running, rowing or paddling (canoeing, kayaking or paddle-boarding).

As the focus is on young adult mental health, the BRIT 2021 Challenge is open to University Royal Navy Units (URNUs), University Officers' Training Corps (UOTC) units, Combined Cadet Force (CCF) units, Sea Cadet units, Royal Marine Cadets units, Army Cadet units and Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Cadet units.

It is hoped that the BRIT 2021 Challenge will provide an opportunity for cadets to display their leadership and coordination skills by entering teams and encouraging their fellow cadets and students to complete their team's 2,021 mile target. The challenge is a great way for students and cadets to feel connected and maintain good mental health and fitness; especially during these challenging times when restrictions are impacting on the opportunity to meet for training, team activities and socialising.

Royal Navy, Royal Marine, Army and Royal Air Force units are also welcome to enter teams and complete the BRIT 2021 Challenge.

The Defence School of Policing and Guarding (DSPG) and the Specialist Operations Regiment (Spec Ops) team have entered a team with a simple idea to support our cause though a physical challenge; the uptake from serving personnel and civilian staff has been brilliant. After one month, the team have already completed over 4385 miles.

The Royal Military Police's Chain of Command are supporting the BRIT 2021 Challenge and keen to promote the opportunity for serving personnel and veterans to participate and enter teams.

We wish every serving member of the Royal Military Police, Veterans and all Civilian Support Staff taking part in the BRIT 2021 Challenge the best of luck with their 2,021 mile targets and fundraising efforts. Thank you so much for all your support.


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