Officers to ski, row and cycle 345 miles for charity
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A team of nine officers will ski, row and cycle a collective 345 miles for charity – the equivalent distance to Disneyland Paris – on behalf of an officer who put the location on her visit list after being diagnosed with cancer for the second time.
On Tuesday 12 July, teams from our armed response unit, tactical support team and operational personal safety training will complete the epic activity at the force’s headquarters on Weston Road to raise funds for the cancer charity ‘Make 2nds Count’.
The charity was chosen by 36-year-old Detective Constable, Lisa Coxon, who was diagnosed with brain metastases after previously beating triple negative breast cancer in August 2020.
PC Dan Knott, who is organising the event, said: “Lisa has battled like a warrior and showed tremendous courage under fire, celebrating her last chemotherapy session in March 2021.
“She was showing no evidence of disease for nearly a year, after three operations and 15 sessions of radiotherapy.
“However, until she was diagnosed again in April 2022.”
Next Monday, three teams of three will collectively cover the distance to Disneyland Paris, after Lisa placed the location on her to-do-list.
Proceeds raised will be given to the ‘Make 2nds Count’ charity ,who support men and women living with breast cancer.
The activity is expected to take between nine and twelve hours for officers to complete..
DC Lisa Coxon, who has two young sons and a husband, said: “Dan originally contacted me about the idea, which I thought was great, as long as it was them getting sweaty and not me!
“All of the proceeds raised will be going to a charity which has made a difference to thousands of lives, including my own.”
The average life expectancy for a secondary breast cancer patient, once diagnosed, is between two and three years.
DC Coxon added: “This charity could fund research into a drug which may give me and others another year of life, or dare I dream, many more.
“I want to cherish the special moments with my boys for as long as possible, and this charity is working towards making this a reality.”
So far, more than £450 has been received through the event’s JustGiving page, from over 30 donators.