Fraud detective hands �5,600 to hospital ward that treated him for breast cancer

POLICE detective Mark Cross was all smiles as he presented ANOTHER cheque to the hospital ward that helped him beat breast cancer.

The 44-year-old handed staff from the oncology department at Peterborough City Hospital a cheque for �5,627.78 on Friday. The donation follows the �3,565 he raised for the ward last year.

Mr Cross, a Metropolitan Police fraud squad detective, was one of only 300 men to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

After having an operation to remove his left breast, he had months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Peterborough.

Since he was given the all-clear, the father-of-two has held two charity darts events at the GER Sports Club, in March, to raise cash for the hospital.

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Last year’s donation helped the ward buy an ultrasound machine, while the latest money will be used to fund ongoing clinical trials.

Mr Cross said: “Cancer affects so many people and it is fantastic that with the support of my wonderful wife, Kim, and the help of my family and generous sponsors I can make a further donation to the oncology department at Peterborough City Hospital.”

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Dr Karen McAdam, the hospital’s consultant oncologist, said: “The money raised by Mark will be used to help fund ongoing clinical trials, making a valuable contribution towards the care of our patients.”

A host of businesses supported Mr Cross’ most recent fund-raiser, with Peterborough’s “Secret Millionaire” Mike Greene donating a holiday in Florida as a prize.

Other auction exhibits included a signed Michael Owen Manchester United shirt and a dartboard signed by top players at the 2011 World Darts Championship.

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