A TEAM of inspirational police officers will be among those competing in this weekend’s Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The Police Community Support officers from Doncaster East Safer Neighbourhood Team, which covers Armthorpe to Thorne, decided to do their bit after their boss’s partner Helen Bloy was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer that had spread to her spine.
Police community suport officer supervisor Thor-Dale Elsson, 39, said within hours of letting his staff know about the diagnosis they were already organising a Race for Life team in honour of his Helen.
Mr Elsson, of Brethergate, Westwoodside, said: “We were both gob-smacked when my staff came to me and said they were going to do Race for Life for Helen. The support we have had from people has been overwhelming and the way everyone has rallied round has been really humbling.
“They just wanted to do their bit and give something back.”
The team made up of PCSOs Dee Fry, Jane Hamill, Claire Leggott and daughter Georgia Leggott, Deborah McGinty, Paula Simpson, Sarah Abrahams, and Pcs Teena Hogg, Jackie Cawley and daughter Aalihya Cawley has already raised £850.
PCSO Fry said: “Despite all the prods, treatment and needles Helen stays so positive and we wanted to run this Race For Life for her.
“We all wish her a speedy recovery and want to let her know that we are always there for her and would run 500k if that’s what it took to make her better.”
Helen, 44, a police communications operator was initially admitted to hospital with suspected sciatica in January but tests showed she had breast cancer that had spread to her spine. She now faces an anxious wait to find out if the chemotherapy treatment she has been receiving has been successful
PCSO Elsson added: “Me and Helen are going to be there on Sunday cheering the girls on. Helen is in a wheelchair at the minute which is frustrating for her but she is keeping positive.
“When we heard the diagnosis it felt like someone had smacked me round the head with a baseball bat, but the staff on ward nine at DRI and the Chatsfield Suite, as well as the staff at the Aurora Centre, have been second to none.”
To sponsor the team visit www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/tohelenback
Meanwhile, six staff from Rossington’s Tornedale Infant School in Gattison Lane are putting on their running shoes for Race for Life on Saturday.
The group, including Kate Wilkinson and Sarah Gittings will be holding a pre-race event on the school field tomorrow. Staff and children are also being encouraged to wear pink to raise money for Cancer Research.
There is still time to sign up for the Doncaster Race for Life events that will take place Saturday and Sunday from 11am on Town Field.
To enter visit the Race for Life website www.raceforlife.org or call 0871 641 1111.
n See next week’s Free Press for a Race for Life picture special.