Safer Schools officer Ceyhun Uzun works with young people that are vulnerable to being drawn into crime. He works alongside students and their teachers to encourage young people to channel their energies for the better and divert them away from crime. He was also involved in setting up a successful running club for young people.
In 2013, Ceyhun’s daughter, Tanyel, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer and later sadly died. Since Tanyel’s diagnosis, Ceyhun has dedicated himself to raising money for children with cancer. His efforts have raised over £200,000 so far and for three consecutive years, he has achieved official Guinness World Record titles at the London Marathon. Ceyhun also set up a registered charity in his daughter’s memory, which helps children and their families through cancer, and has funded an Oncology Centre in Northern Cyprus.
PC Ceyhun Uzun, said: “In what became a daunting time for me after losing my only child, I managed to find the strength in fundraising to help other children suffering from cancer and helps me to keep my daughter’s name alive by setting up ‘Tanyel’s Smile.’
“My passion for my job continues and as a schools officer I continue to mentor, motivate and inspire children I work with.
“I am honoured and extremely humbled to have been recognised and thank you everyone who has supported me.”