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MBE honour for fundraising cop
Friday, 22 June 2012
HONOUR: PC Mark Edwards.
A POLICE officer who helped to raise more than £350,000 to find a cure for terminally ill children has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
PC Mark Edwards was moved by the plight of Jack Brown, the son of two serving Met officers, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma - a rare form of cancer.
Tragically, no cure was found for Jack and he later passed away. A charity, Jack’s P.A.C.K. (Police Against Cancer in Kids) was set up to help children suffering from cancer to travel to New York for treatment.
From the moment he heard about Jack’s condition, Mark began to raise funds by running marathons in New York and doing a series of challenges.
Mark, who has been with the Met for almost 26 years and is based in Havering, said: “When my wife told me I had been made an MBE I nearly fell off my chair. I am really humbled and stunned by this. This is for the whole team who has helped raise the money - not just me. It really is fantastic, I am honoured and don’t feel I deserve it.”
Havering Borough Commander, Mike Smith, paid tribute to PC Edwards.
He said: “Mark is greatly admired, respected and an inspiration to everyone. He has devoted his time to raising awareness and funds for treatment and research into incurable childhood cancer.
“He is quite simply the benchmark for all of us who aspire to help others beat this destructive disease. He is the most selfless, humble, and organised man. He will keep going because there are other children suffering and he wants to help them get better.”
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