COPPERS boosted charity coffers by throwing a glamorous ball in aid of two Oxford charities.

Police officers swapped their uniforms for more elegant attire at the black tie event which raised a total of £2,600, divided equally between the Oxford Heart Centre at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital and children’s bereavement charity SeeSaw.

Businesses in the city supported the event, donating auction prizes, and almost 200 guests from the police force, partner agencies and community groups attended.

Organiser Det Insp Simon Morton said: “The event was a fantastic success.

“The heart centre is doing some really brilliant work over and above what’s required of the NHS to support heart patients and really helping people’s lives.

“SeeSaw really helps young people dealing with bereavement and of course we in the police deal with bereavement a lot – sometimes unfortunate and unexpected and sometimes through murder.

“We see how it affects the community and the family even more so and sometimes the kids get forgotten and it’s charities like SeeSaw who help them.”