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Kilburn team bobby completes 50 mile run around Ladybower to raise awareness of childhood cancer

Posted on 25th September 2014

A neighbourhood bobby has taken part in a 50 mile long run around Ladybower Reservoir to help raise awareness of childhood cancer.

PC Neil Hopwell, of the Kilburn Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, completed the Ladybower 50 in support of a campaign by a Smalley family who want to increase people’s knowledge of September being childhood cancer awareness month.

Neil completed the run, which actually came in at just over 51 miles, on Sunday, September 21 in nine hours and 55 minutes.

As part of their ‘Gold September’ campaign, the Parry family have also started petition to increase research into rare forms of cancer.

It is after their son Eddy, now six years old, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a life threatening bone cancer at the age of four.

In June 2013 PC Hopwell also took part in a half marathon to help Eddy’s school raise money for the Bone Cancer Research Trust, and to allow Eddy’s family to make the necessary adaptations to their home after he had to have his leg amputated.

 PC Hopwell said: “It was a tough challenge but it was all about raising awareness of childhood cancer month, a worthy local cause which I was proud to be able to support.”

To find out more about the campaign and learn more about learn more about childhood cancer visit

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