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A BEVERLEY based detective is turning to the power of the pedal to raise money for a charity in memory of a friend who sadly died of cancer.

Detective Constable Sam Allen hopes to make a difference by completing the Purple Mountain 150 mile Challenge which starts in Grange over Sands on 21 June and finishes in Scarborough two days later on 23 June.

DC Allen is fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care who provided care to her friend Maria Britton, a mother of four young children who died of cancer on 26 November 2012 at the age of just 42.

Marie Curie Cancer Care provide high quality nursing, totally free of charge, to give people with terminal cancer and other illnesses the choice of dying at home, supported by their families.

DC Allen said: “I am doing this cycling event to raise money to thank the charity for the support and help they gave to my dear friend Maria who found herself in need of their care.

“Maria died in November at the age of 42, after finding out she had cancer earlier that year and she wanted to spend her last days at home with her family.

“Maria was a dear friend but also my running partner and she loved running, cycling and keeping fit. She loved a challenge and now it is my turn.”

DC Allen will be cycling 50 miles each day for three consecutive days and will be joined by her husband, Maria’s husband and other friends.

Anyone wishing to sponsor Sam can do so at www.justgiving.com/Samantha-Allen2 or Text SAMA98 with the amount of donation to 70070.