POLICE have launched an online fundraising page for a cadet who is battling a rare form of cancer.

Ryan Twinn, 15, has been a Harwich-based police cadet with Essex Police for nearly two years.

But in the months leading up to Christmas, Ryan experienced a sudden growth spurt and a significant drop in weight, as well as increased facial hair and a pain in his back.

After several medical appointments, Ryan was diagnosed with malignant germ cell tumours which were then graded as stage four cancer.

The youngster has been receiving chemotherapy in a number of London hospitals over the past few weeks.

In a bid to show their support to Ryan, officers are holding a fundraising quiz night for him at the Park Pavilion, in Barrack Lane, Harwich, on February 28.

The night has attracted a lot of attention from residents who want to help Ryan.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "We just wanted to say a massive thank you for the messages of support we have received for our young cadet Ryan.

"Nearly all tables have now gone for our quiz night and your support will make a massive difference for Ryan and his family.

"We’ve also been inundated with messages asking if people can make a donation to show their support, for these reasons our team has started a GoFundMe page."

Ryan's fundraising page has already raised more than £800.

To donate, click here.