Bromley detective inspired by little girl's cancer battle sets off on charity bike ride along Italian coast
PUBLISHED: 14:04 31 July 2015 | UPDATED: 14:04 31 July 2015
He will be joined by his friend and colleague Steve Pye.
A Bromley detective has set off on an eight-week charity bike ride along the Italian coast.
Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Clarke is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the Neuro Foundation.
The 49-year-old, who joined the Met Police in 1985, set off on the charity cycle just days after retiring.
He is joined by his colleague and friend Steve Pye, who has also just retired from the National Crime Agency.
The trip has been entirely self-funded by the duo and was inspired by two little girls - 11-year-old Ella and five-year-old Eva.
Mr Clarke said: “After successful and rewarding 30 year careers in law enforcement, we wanted to take on a challenge that would allow us to re-prioritise our busy lives.
“I have been inspired to do this trip by Ella, a little girl I’ve got to know through working with her father.
“Two years ago Ella was taken by her father to her GP looking a little sleepy and pale.
“She was referred to the hospital for a blood test which revealed that Ella had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia, of which the survival rate was 50 per cent.
“Two days later she commenced an intensive course of chemotherapy which lasted eight months.
“Ella is a keen dancer and her dance group ran The Race For Life to raise funds for Cancer Research. Whilst still in treatment she vowed to run the next Race for Life, which she duly completed, raising over two thousand pounds. And I’m pleased to say that Ella continues to make a good recovery.”
Mr Pye added: “Eva is a very happy, lively five-year-old who was diagnosed with a disease called Neurofibromatosis Type 1, a group of genetic conditions in which growths or tumours affect the nervous system, back in 2013.
“Eva also has asthma, and it was during an ordinary to the emergency doctors to receive a nebuliser, that the first signs of the illness were diagnosed.
“Eva is monitored constantly at St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester and her local hospital. Currently Eva is free of any tumours and is being assessed on her development.
“Despite many trips to hospital Eva stays a very happy, loving, livewire of a child, always with a cheeky smile on her face.”
The Italian Coastal Challenge will take eight weeks, and will finish with a ride up Mount Ventoux in France, the scene of the sad death of Great Britain’s Tom Simpson on the Tour de France in 1967.
To donate please visit www.justgiving.com and enter ‘Kevin and Steve’s Italian costal challenge’.