Charity cup to be contested in honour of former officers
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Emergency services colleagues from across the region are set to square off in memory of two former serving Staffordshire Police officers.
The Quilty Cup, which is named in memory of Detective Inspector John Quilty (pictured below), is to be contested in an annual rugby event on Friday 25 March – between representatives from Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service.
The previous encounter saw DI Quilty present the cup to winners: Staffordshire Police, before his passing from cancer in 2020.
This Friday’s game, which is to be held at Stafford RUFC on Blackberry Lane, at 7.30pm, will be attended by John’s wife and two children – who will present the trophy to the victors as per their father’s wish.
The event will also support charity: Doc Bike, in memory of PC Luke Van De Sande (pictured below), who sadly died in service following a motorcycle collision in 2019.
Luke’s brother, Adam, is participating on behalf of Staffordshire Police and his family will also be in attendance.
Detective Chief Inspector David Wain, Chairman of the force’s rugby team, said: “I encourage everyone to attend this match in order to support the charities and causes involved.
“We are honoured to be bringing together emergency service colleagues and the local community in light of these inspirational officers and their loved ones.
“No matter what team you are cheering on, we hope to see you there.”