A FRAUD squad detective who was successfully treated for breast cancer at Peterborough City Hospital showed his thanks by presenting oncology department staff with a cheque for £5,627.78 on Friday.
This was the second donation from darts enthusiast and father of two Mark Cross (44) from March, who raised £3,565 from a previous charity event last year which went towards an ultrasound machine for treating patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Mark, who works for the Metropolitan Police, raised his latest donation from a charity darts tournament and auction at the town’s GER Sports Club in February.
He 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.”
Mark was one of only 300 men to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and underwent two operations plus seven months of chemotherapy and three weeks of radiotherapy.
Dr Karen McAdam, consultant oncologist at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust, 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.”
Mark’s helpers secured support from a range of sports personalities and local businesses. Auction prizes included a Manchester United shirt signed by Michael Owen; a signed Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor shirt; a dartboard signed by top players at the 2011 World Darts Championship and a week’s stay in a Florida villa.
Local businesses sponsored eight dartboards for a darts tournament.