Police pose for charity calendar

The 'elf' is Sgt Simon Froud and Santa is PC Mark Gould, who both work together in Task Force here at HQ.

The 'elf' is Sgt Simon Froud and Santa is PC Mark Gould, who both work together in Task Force here at HQ.

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A POLICE officer has been supported by colleagues in the creation of a charity calendar in memory of her mum, who died after losing her battle with cancer.

PC Rachel Precious lost her mum, Lynn, in March 2010 – ten years after she was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour.

Since Lynn’s death at the age of 57, task force officer Rachel has been working hard to raise money for Brain Tumour UK, a charity which funds research into the disease and provides support for sufferers and their families.

Now Rachel’s Derbyshire police colleagues have posed for a calendar to raise money for the charity. The Derbyshire’s Finest calendar features officers from across the county and is supported by Chief Constable Mick Creedon.

Rachel said: “My mum has been my inspiration throughout my fundraising. I struggled to deal with mum’s illness and death, as we were always so close. I decided to put my emotion into raising some money in her memory.

“Mum was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour in May 2000. She had treatment over the years, including radiotherapy and chemotherapy. She faced her illness head-on and battled all the way.

“Brain Tumour UK is a charity close to my heart. Brain tumours are becoming more common and I hope that other people will not have to suffer in the future like my mum did.”

Rachel completed the 2010 London Marathon, just one month after her mum’s death, raising £4,200 for Help the Hospices in Lynn’s memory. She has now entered next year’s marathon with the aim of raising £2,500 for Brain Tumour UK.

Nottinghamshire-based Michelle Howard took the calendar photos. To order a calendar, visit www.michellehowardphotography.com or to help Rachel reach her London Marathon fund-raising target, visit http://www.justgiving.com/Rachel-Precious