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Havering and Barking & Dagenham
A 5 year old boy fighting for his life is getting a helping hand from Romford police. Jack Brown has a rare childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, which attacks the nervous system.
His condition is considered virtually incurable, except at one hospital in New York.
The family now need to raise almost half a million pounds to complete Jack’s treatment.
When PC Mark Edwards and his colleagues in Romford heard about the little boy’s plight he knew he had to do something.
So he and a group of officers from the rest of the Metropolitan Police are taking part in a three day cycle ride from New York to Rhode Island to help raise cash.
Mark even managed to get his bosses involved - both Assistant Police Commissioner John Yates, and Havering’s borough commander Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor will be joining the officers on their bike ride.
I joined them at Heathrow as they prepared to fly out to America, and spoke to Mark and the officers about their trip.
PC Edwards told me : “Having two lads myself aged two and one, [Jack’s story] just tugged at my heart strings.”
Commissioner Yates agreed: “You’ve only got to read Jack’s story … to say ‘we’ve gotta do something to help this family.”
And it’s not just London’s police that are getting involved. Officers from the New York Police Department will be joining them on the 3 day ride, hoping to make a difference in Jack’s fight for his life.
To find out more about Jack and his appeal click on the link on the top right hand corner of this page.
last updated: 07/09/07