Berkhamsted cop will run 156 miles to help little girl live

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A police officer is preparing to tackle a 156-mile race to help save a little girl’s life.

Tring Running Club member Andy Collings, 45, of Ashby Road, Northchurch, will be running in the six-day Trans Britain Ultra marathon, which begins on Saturday, September 8.

The Met Police road accident investigator entered the event after an appeal to help 10-year-old Robyn, the daughter of homicide detective Greg Higgins.

She suffers from a rare and aggressive form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma.

Her family have got to raise £200,000 to pay her to have specialist – and possibly life-saving – cancer treatment in the USA that is unavailable in this country.

Andy said: “The Trans Britain Ultra will be hard, but the struggle pales into insignificance compared to the struggle Robyn and her family go through every day. 

“Any support you can give through sponsorship will be greatly appreciated.

“Please help us to help Robyn. No child should die because they couldn’t raise enough money to pay for treatment.”

Since her diagnosis in 2009, Robyn has gone through chemotherapy, surgery that left her unable to walk for seven months, a stem cell transplant and radiotherapy.

Doctors thought she had recovered after a year of treatment, but in April last year, scans revealed that the cancer had returned.

The Trans Britain Ultra Marathon begins in Scotland, finishes in Wales, crosses the Lake District and involves running up seven of the country’s most famous peaks, climbing 6,500 metres.

Donate to Andy at www.justgiving.com/TransBritainUltra