Ex-officer battling cancer presents fundraising cheque to charity after police team help raise money in support of colleague
28 Feb | 15:46

Remember our offices in Blyth who braved the shave to support their fellow officer, Claire, who was diagnosed with breast cancer?

Well now Claire and the Blyth Neighbourhood Team are back and presenting Breast Cancer Now with a big cheque from all their fundraising efforts.

The team managed to raise over £3,100 in their support for Claire, not only did the team shave their heads but they also took part in a number of other fundraising activities such as a bake sale and force wide collections.

PC Claire Bradbury retired from Northumbria Police last year having previously worked at Blyth as part of the Neighbourhood Policing Team for 10 years before retiring and had been with Northumbria for a total of 30 years in a number of roles.

Claire, who turned 50 last year, retired in July and just two months after was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Neighbourhood Team at Blyth, led by Claire’s ex-police partner PC Steve West, has supported Claire all the way and last year shaved their heads in support. Now after all of their fundraising efforts, Claire and Steve have been able to present a cheque worth £3,105 to Breast Cancer Now to help others diagnosed with cancer.

Claire has praised her former team and the kindness of everyone who has donated.

She said: “It is a scary thing to go through and having this amazing support network is just fantastic and I honestly couldn’t do it without them.

“To see all of the kind donations come flooding in has really helped me stay positive and realised the caring communities we have here in the North East and to be able to give something back to a charity who is so close to my heart is just amazing.

“I also want to thank the amazing staff here at Wansbeck Hospital’s Oncology Day Unit. They have all been unbelievably kind and compassionate to me and so many others receiving treatment. They help so many families going through this and they couldn’t be any more supportive – so thank you.”

Claire is on her penultimate session of Chemotherapy treatment which has so far been successful and will hopefully mean her surgery will be less invasive as a result.

Claire finished by saying: “If I could say one thing to people out there then it is to check yourself! A quick check can save your life, so get your mammogram booked or check yourself when getting dressed. Don’t and it could cost you your life.”

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