Met officer awarded an MBE for charity work

21 November 2012

PC Mark Edwards with his MBE

A Metropolitan Police officer who has helped raise more than £350,000 to find a cure for terminally ill children received an MBE from The Queen today, Wednesday 21 November.

PC Mark Edwards was moved by the plight of Jack Brown, the son of two serving officers, who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma - a rare form of cancer.

Tragically, no cure was found for Jack and he later died. A charity, Jack's P.A.C.K. (Police Against Cancer in Kids) was set up to help children suffering from cancer to travel to New York for treatment.

From the moment he heard about Jack's condition, Mark began to raise funds by running marathons in New York and doing a series of challenges. This year he has raised more than £40,000 for the charity already.

The Queen presented Mark with his MBE at Buckingham Palace today alongside pop star Gary Barlow who received an OBE and actress Kate Winslet, receiving a CBE.

Havering-based Mark, who has been with the Met for 26 years and recently returned from the Torch Relay as a member of the Olympics Torch Security Team, said: "When my wife told me I'd got an MBE I nearly fell off my chair. I am really humbled and stunned by this. This award is for the whole team who has helped raise the money - not just me. It really is fantastic, I am honoured and don't feel I deserve it."

Borough Commander of Havering Mike Smith added: "Mark is greatly admired, respected and an inspiration to everyone. He has devoted his time to raising awareness and funds for treatment and research into incurable childhood cancer.

"He is quite simply the benchmark for all of us who aspire to help others beat this destructive disease. He is the most selfless, humble and organised man. He will keep going because there are other children suffering and he wants to help them get better."