BARROW Police has shown their support for a fellow officer whose daughter is battling stage four cancer.

Madison Elliott was just 16 when she was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive blood cancer of the lymphatic system.

In the lead up to her devastating diagnosis, the Barrow Sixth Form student was referred to a specialist physiotherapist due to ‘intense back pain’.

Further tests, including blood tests, an MRI and a biopsy, confirmed the teen had cancer.

Since then, Madison has been undergoing treatment in the Teenage and Young Adult Unit at The Christie in Manchester, travelling to the hospital and back for scans, consultations, and chemotherapy.

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Madison has spent the past six months travelling to and from Manchester, having intensive chemotherapy, sometimes involving five days of treatment in a week. The regime puts her at high risk of infection, which can be life-threatening, so she and her family have had to make huge changes to their lifestyle to keep her safe.

Her dad Scott, who is a police officer, is an avid Barrow AFC fan and would normally attend matches but even outdoor activities where there are lots of people, particularly in Covid times, are too risky.

With the season-end approaching, Barrow Police thought they would try and link Madison's plight and Scott's support of Barrow AFC by trying to raise some funds for The Christie.

The Christie supports Teenage and Young Adult cancer patients at their hospital in Manchester.

Their work is vital in providing care in a unique set of circumstances that young adults find themselves, and they provide a caring lifeline for both the patient and their families.

It is one of many charities that is close to the heart of Barrow Police.

Dedicated Football Officer PC Rickie Wallbank, Analyst Tracy Caldwell, and Community Sergeant John Dilks organised a bucket collection for Barrow AFC's Good Friday clash with table-toppers Forest Green Rovers.

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And now it has been revealed the team managed to raise more than £800 for the charity thanks to the generosity of the public.

A spokesman for Barrow Police said: “A bumper crowd and glorious weather worked in our favour and thanks to Community Beat Officer PC Matt Noden we were able to use his Hawcoat Park junior football team, whom his son's represent, to flood the ground with buckets and demanding children.

“An amazing effort saw a grand total of £807.83 donated to the charity. We would like to pass on several thanks for this fantastic community effort.

“First and foremost to Barrow AFC for allowing us to use this match to reach out to over 3,000 members of the public. The football club have made their own substantial donation too, which will be reported upon in the next newsletter.

“In these hard times the football supporting public who put their loose change and notes in our buckets was simply humbling and their generosity was greatly appreciated.

“A thank you to the Hawcoat Park junior football section, players, coaches and parents, for giving up their day to assist us with this.

“And finally, of course, a thank you to Madison and her family for allowing us to do this on their behalf. On behalf of everyone at Barrow Police, Barrow AFC and Hawcoat Park Juniors, we wish you a full and speedy recovery.”