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20 September 2010, 13:40
Eight officers from the Metropolitan Police swum around the Isle of Wight in 30.5 hrs to raise money to help save the life of a nine-year-old cancer sufferer.
Jon Benton, Will Hughes, Emma Coppin, John Caulfield, Mark Rayworth, Mike Delaney, Tim Pockney and Andy Pryke were moved by the plight of little Robyn Higgins whose dad Greg Higgins is a serving officer in the MET.
They took the plunge at 5pm (Thursday Sept 16th), swimming a 64-mile relay around the island without wetsuits, finishing around 11pm on Friday (17th Sept).
Robyn’s family are trying to raise £300,000 for preventative antibody treatment given with Retinoic Acid for the little girl who was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma in May 2009. The 140-day course is not currently available in the UK.
The team is raising money for Robyn through a charity called The 2Simple Trust which helps parents and families raise money to support the treatment of children suffering from this aggressive form of childhood cancer. They're hopeful they'll collect arounf £400,000.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the team or donate to Robyn’s appeal can visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/swim4robyn