Cops take on Miles for Men for Hartlepool’s Paul Royal

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A TEAM of serving and former police officers completed an emotional walk in aid of Hartlepool’s Miles for Men cancer fundraiser,

Eight current and one former employee of Cleveland Police took part in the Lyke Wake Walk on the North York Moors in memory of Hartlepool man Paul Royal.

Paul, who died aged 42, from pancreatic and liver cancer, was the brother of Cleveland Police officer Tony Royal.

Paul had taken part in Miles for Men’s first fun run last year when around 1,000 blokes raised more than £40,000 for Cancer Research UK.

He planned to take part in Sunday’s event but unfortunately lost his brave battle in April.

Tony and his colleagues decided to give all proceeds from the Lyke Wake Walk to Miles for Men.

They completed the 42-mile crossing in 16 hours and 30 minutes and also featured PCs Ian Clyburn, Neil Harrison, Gareth Chalmers, Kate Brodie and Chris Swales.

PC Harrison, a neighbourhood officer, said: “During the planning stage, which Paul was a part of, he lost his personal battle.

“From there, we decided to carry on Paul’s work of raising money for Miles for Men and, in turn, Cancer Research UK.

“A number of officers also volunteered to take part in the walk, giving up their free time, and we have been raising funds ever since. So far we have collectively raised £1,200.”

You can still donate at www.justgiving.com/Neil-Harrison11