21 Sep Family of fallen Scots officer meet cop who completed charity cycle in his memory
A policeman who completed a 220 mile charity cycle in memory of a fallen Scots officer has been reunited with the late constable’s family.
Nick Jones was given a blue wristband engraved with the details of PC Andrew Greenshields whilst taking part in the annual Police Unity Tour challenge in July.
The Scots constable, 50, tragically lost his life after suffering a heart attack whilst on duty for the former Edinburgh City Police in December 1950.
After seeing some of his fellow riders meeting the families of other fallen officers, the 39-year-old decided to launch a social media appeal to find PC Greenshields’ loved ones.
Within 48 hours, he had managed to find the officer’s daughter, Davina Macdonald, who was just 11-years-old when he father passed away.
On September 14, PC Jones travelled from his home in Wrexham, North Wales, to Kinross to personally deliver the wristband to PC Greenshields’ family.
Mrs Macdonald, 80, said: “When I first found out that Nick was looking for us, I was very surprised but very touched.
“I was quite emotional about the fact that somebody was thinking so deeply, not just taking the bracelet and doing the cycle. I thought it was such a lovely thing for him to do.
“Even though it’s been many years and I was only 11 when my father passed away, he was just such a special figure in our lives as children.
“Our mother, we could wind her round our little finger but by father didn’t need to be angry, he just needed to raise his eyebrows and that was all we needed.
“This wristband will be something that we treasure and my grandsons will look after it once I pass it on to them.
“Nick has said that he would like to do the cycle in memory of my father again next year and I think it would be absolutely fantastic.
“For somebody who is a complete stranger way down in Wales, and yet he has feelings enough to want to do that again.”
The Police Unity Tour, which sees supporters ride hundreds of miles before reaching their final destination at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, aims to raise funds for a vital charity.
Care of Police Survivors (COPS) was set up to support families of officers and staff who have lost their lives on duty.
Mrs Macdonald added: “When I see what COPS does now for families, I just think that I have to support that as much as I can because I know how difficult it was for my mother to bring up two young girls on her own.
“In no way does it substitute for the loss but at least it makes things a little bit better materially for the families.”
After meeting Mrs Macdonald, her daughter Shona McKay, 39, and grandson Sam McKay, seven, last weekend, PC Jones said: “Some of my colleagues met the families of the officers that they had ridden for and were giving them the wristbands so it just didn’t seem right that I still had this one.
“I just thought that it wasn’t really for me to keep and that I should try and find the officer’s family to pass it on.
“It was unbelievable how quickly I was able to find the family. It was almost overnight which I hadn’t expected but it just shows the power of social media.
“To finish like this, meeting his family, just means the world. I’m really glad I got the chance to give it to them.”
PC Jones was hosted by the Scottish Police Federation during his trip to see Mrs Macdonald.
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