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8:27am 22nd June 2017

Police from across Cornwall and Devon have cycled hundreds of miles to help give an officer's orphaned daughter her dream holiday.

Ray Byfield's 10-year-old girl, Frankie, has been living with her grandparents since the Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Paignton died.

On the longest day of the year, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton and Mike Stamp saddled up for the trip from Exeter to Land's End.

Chief Superintendent Jim Nye, Superintendent Steve Parker, Sergeant Owen Messenger, Sergeant Sally Kingdon, Jon Phillips and Lucy Seymour also went the distance, through each local policing area.

It took them around 15 hours to complete the 170 mile journey, which reached 12'500ft at its highest point.

Together, they have raised more than £1900 and counting to help Frankie got to Disneyland.

The team were inundated with messages of support along the route, with stops in Launceston, Wadebridge and Camborne, before the finish at Land's End.

Chief Superintendent Paul Davies posted: "Pretty amazing effort by all, well done ".

PC Phil Skedgell wrote: "Excellent effort to all involved - including support crew! Now let's raise more £!"

On the Crowdfunding page, organisers said: "Frankie Byfield is the daughter of Ray Byfield who sadly passed away in January this year.

"Frankie's mother died six years ago from Cancer leaving Frankie now orphaned and living with Grandparents.

"There were no financial support plans in place for Frankie and shortly before his passing Ray had promised to take Frankie to Disneyland.

"Along with runners from South Devon we are raising money to help support Frankie financially and hopefully send her to Disneyland with her grandparents.

"The runners are running the Torbay Half Marathon on 25th June whilst we are riding from Exeter to Land's End, a distance of approximately 170 miles between the hours of dawn and dusk on the longest day of the year, 21st June 2017".

Frankie's grandfather said: "Although Frankie and her family are not able to attend the event, this does not distract from the gratitude we have for the Chief and his staff.

"The kindness and support we have received from the officers and staff of Devon and Cornwall Police has been incredible".

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8:27am 22nd June 2017

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