Friday 27th April 2012
A piece of Staffordshire's famous pottery is to be presented to New York police officers ahead of a charity boxing event to raise money for disabled children.
A unique hand-crafted vase will be handed over to NYPD Deputy Chief of Police, Brian McCarthy, at a reception at Staffordshire Police headquarters on April 27.
It will be the first time Staffordshire Police meet their US opponents, prior to the Battle of the Badges boxing event, taking place at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, after the reception.
The event is being held to raise funds Stoke-based charity Caudwell Children and the Teddy Atlas Children's Foundation.
Event organiser, Pc Colin Gay, will be there to see the vase, which has been specially designed by local fine art painter Lawrence Woodhouse and made by Ainsley China.
Pc Gay said: "The vase is one of a kind and we are thrilled to be awarding it to the officers coming over for this special event.
"It has taken over three months for the vase to be completed and we can't thank Lawrence and Ainsley China enough for their hard work in creating such a magnificent piece.
"It's a great local memento for the New York and Los Angeles Officers to take back to their station in recognition of their support for Caudwell Children and the Teddy Atlas Foundation."
The Battle of the Badges event, which raised more than £22,000 last year, will attract more than 70 businesses from across the region.
Tickets for the event are still available. For more information call Gareth Aston at Caudwell Children on 01782 600113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.