Cancer alert mission of TV police officer

Claire van Deurs Goss is cycling from Blackpool to Amsterdam.
Claire van Deurs Goss is cycling from Blackpool to Amsterdam.
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A policewoman who shot to fame in a controversial Channel 4 documentary is saddling up to highlight a rare form of cancer.

Claire van Deurs Goss’ life as a Blackpool officer was the subject of the fly-on-the-wall style 999 What’s Your Emergency? which followed the incidents dealt with by the town’s police, fire and ambulance services.

She was a key figure in the show, but is taking time off from fighting crime to cycle to Amsterdam.

The trip is in aid of raising awareness of male breast cancer – a disease her own father battled.

The 34-year-old mum-of-two said: “My goal is to raise the money it cost the NHS to treat my dad.

“The ride is amazing and it’s going to be the most inspirational thing I’ve done in my life. We are cycling with people who’ve lost a parent or friend or they’ve battled cancer themselves and want to give something back.”

The ride will set off from Blackpool on May 29 with the impressive 400 mile journey expected to take three days.

Mrs van Deurs Goss’ father, 64-year-old Keith Castle, of Cleator Avenue, North Shore, added: “I think it’s great she’s doing it and I’m all for it.

“The main thing for me is to highlight this.

“People aren’t aware that males can get breast cancer so if at least one man knows about it and checks himself, it could save a lot of hassle for that person.”

To donate money to the Breast Cancer Campaign, text doit48 and the amount to 70070.

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