Penny Lancaster has revealed the 'special' moment she shared with the widow of PC Andrew Harper during a charity hike.
The former model took part in the Light the Lakes annual fundraising event in the Lake District, which has so far raised more than £30,000 for the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) charity.
Lancaster, 50, shared the interaction she had with Lissie Harper to Hello! magazine, saying: “Lissie said to me that Andrew would have loved to have done this climb with her, and I said to her: ‘He is, he’s with you now. And when we’re at the top of the mountain, you’ll be closer to him still.’
“We held the flares and hugged and remembered Andrew and all the others. It was really special.”
Thames Valley Police traffic officer PC Harper, 28, died in Berkshire in 2019 after becoming caught in a strap attached to the back of a car containing three individuals fleeing the scene of a quad bike theft.
He was killed four weeks after tying the knot with Lissie.
Lancaster joined the City of London Police after qualifying as a special constable two months ago.
She was inspired to sign up to the force after taking part in Channel 4 reality show Famous And Fighting Crime in 2019, in which she experienced what it is like to be a volunteer with the Cambridgeshire Police.
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The Loose Women star has said her husband Sir Rod Stewart and their two sons have been supportive of her career move.
She said: “I want to show my boys that it’s important to be whatever you want to be in life and fulfil every part of yourself, even if it’s considered dangerous."
With additional reporting by PA.