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Raheem Sterling appointed ambassador for UK police trust

Published:Monday | May 30, 2016 | 5:28 PM
Sterling with Chief Constable Ian Hop.

The Voice:
Jamaica-born Manchester City footballer Raheem Sterling has been appointed as an ambassador for the Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust.

He was welcomed to the team by chairman of the Trust, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins.

The 21-year-old, who signed for City in 2015, has joined the Trust to work more closely with the community in which he spends so much of his time.

The forward, who grew up on a notorious estate, will visit local projects designed to put a stop to violence. The former Liverpool star became the most expensive English footballer of all time when he joined the Sky Blues for £49 million.

The winger was born in Jamaica but moved to London as a seven year-old and grew up on the notoriously tough St Raphael’s Estate near Wembley Stadium.

His life was rocked by the death of his father, who was killed in 2004 in Kingston, a city ravaged by gangland violence.

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The Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust is a charitable organisation, which provides support and funding to a wide range of community initiatives including Picnic in the Park, Stretford Sea Cadets, We Stand Together and Boys and Girls Clubs Manchester.

Through his role as an ambassador, Sterling will attend some of the projects to see how they are helping to reduce crime and improve communities. He’ll also help to promote and raise awareness of the work being done by the charity.


PHOTO: Sterling in action for his club

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “We’re delighted to welcome Raheem onto our team and look forward to working alongside him to make communities of Greater Manchester safer.

“I’m really proud of the work being done by Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust to reduce crime and make people feel safer and would like to thank Raheem for taking time out of his busy schedule to do something that’ll benefit so many of our residents.”

Raheem said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the local community.

“The Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust does some outstanding work in helping local people and local projects to fulfil their potential.

“I am delighted to be able to play my part in supporting and promoting their efforts.

“Whether it be through engagement, education or social cohesion, the Trust plays an integral role in reducing crime and bringing the local community together.

“I am proud to have been offered the chance to represent the Trust and to assist them in achieving their goals.

“I hope that this collaboration will have a positive impact on people and communities across Greater Manchester.”