A DERBYSHIRE 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 fund-raising. 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.
Lynn, who was born in Derby and grew up in the city, later moved to Nottingham, where she lived until her death.
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