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More than 100 officers set off from Chigwell to run New York half marathon in uniform

PUBLISHED: 11:34 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:02 18 May 2017

PC Mark Edwards and 104 other officers about to head to New York to take part in a run to raise money for neuroblastoma. Picture: Ken Mears

PC Mark Edwards and 104 other officers about to head to New York to take part in a run to raise money for neuroblastoma. Picture: Ken Mears

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Catching crooks is one thing but in the fight against children's cancer more than 100 officers pulled out all the stops to raise cash for charity.

PC Mark Edwards and 104 other officers about to head to New York to take part in a run to raise money for neuroblastomaPC Mark Edwards and 104 other officers about to head to New York to take part in a run to raise money for neuroblastoma

On Thursday, May 18, 105 officers from the Met, Essex Police, Surrey Police, City of London, British Transport Police and the Royal Navy travelled to New York to run a half marathon to help children with cancer.

The group set off from Chigwell Sports Club, High Road, Chigwell, for the run in Central Park on Saturday, May 20, as part of Jack’s Pack (Police Against Cancer in Kids).

Havering officer, Pc Mark Edwards MBE said: “This is our biggest Pack yet.”

He also praised the Recorder for highlighting the plight of two-year-old Isla Caton, from Hornchurch, who was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma – a rare form of cancer – in March.

“Thanks to the Recorder we read the story,” he said.

“We made contact to see if we can be of help.”

Pack, the fundraising arm of Joining Against Cancer in Kids (Jack) was set up after Jack Brown, seven, the son of two serving officers died from the disease.

Pc Edwards had already been organising fundraising trips to New York to help children with cancer when he read about Jack’s plight on the police internal web system in 2009.

He initially donated £50, but was moved to do more.

With colleagues, he decided to do run the New York Marathon in uniform and each year as more officers became involved, more vital cash was raised.

“If it were not for all the agencies that help us we simply would not be able to get this off the ground,” he continued.

“The support we receive internally from our respective forces and from our partners in the private sector is unbelievable.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their generosity and support.”

Isla’s mum, Nicola said: “It’s really nice and really kind of them.

“I am really grateful they have been in contact and I am over the moon to all who have put money in [to Isla’s Just Giving page].”

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