ON a sunny morning on Friday 30 September, I set off for the beautiful Lake District, for the COPS Alternative Weekend, writes Don Speakman.
Arriving in Kendal in the early afternoon. The weather was still reasonable (for the Lake District) and I booked into our very lovely hotel. I met COPS President Denis and his wife, and we did a recce to find a venue for our evening meal.
EIGHTEEN COPS spouses and partners hit Liverpool for the Spouses’ Weekend and it was a great success, writes Helen Walker.
On 7 October we all gathered and welcomed two new members Karen Parker and Sue Craggs. We caught up on the news and gossip, and congratulated Wendy on her marriage to Billy Harris. On the Saturday we all went on the Magical Mystery Tour where we sang along to Beatles’ songs such as Yellow Submarine and Yesterday.
TO start by stating the obvious, COPS is a peer support charity. In essence that means that we rely on the goodwill, dedication and hard work of many volunteers to raise funds to make possible the support we are able to provide to Survivors.
My heartfelt thanks to all of our volunteers who have given so much this year to raising funds, organising events, supporting Survivors and helping us make COPS a continuing success.
YOU’LL have seen that a large part of this newsletter is dedicated to the very successful Survivors’ Weekend at the end of July, which, for the first time, was based at Drayton Manor.
Once again the feedback tells us the weekend was “the best yet” which is, of course, very pleasing to hear. We are already looking with a view to improving again for next year.
ANN-MARIE Leighton joined COPS on 1 November, as the new Information and Communication Coordinator.
Ann-Marie has solid experience of creating and managing communications to a range of audiences, from young people in inner London to corporate partners, including brand updates and changes. She also brings project management experience.
Ann-Marie (pictured left) joins existing COPS staff members (pictured left to right) Sarah Williams, Finance Controller, who is responsible for the charity’s accounts.
A DELEGATION of police survivors has been to Parliament to lobby MPs into securing better pension rights for the partners of police officers who died on duty.
Widows and widowers from across the UK made the trip to the House of Commons on Wednesday 26 Oct. They are led by Kate Hall who has been campaigning for a change in legislation to allow widows and widowers whose lives have been blighted by 1987 Police Pension Regulations to remarry or cohabit without losing their pension rights.
THAMES Valley Police has paid tribute to DC Joe Mabuto, who collapsed and died at Milton Keynes Police Station on Tuesday 27 September.
He collapsed and sadly could not be resuscitated.
He is survived by his wife and two young children, who seek comfort from their extended family members in the UK and Zimbabwe.
ANN-Marie Leighton will be joining COPS from 1 November, as the new Information and Communication Coordinator.
Ann-Marie joins the charity from the Roundhouse Trust in London, an organisation that uses the arts to engage with young people. She has also worked for Red Letter Days and has solid experience of creating and managing communications to a range of audiences, from young people in inner London to corporate partners, including brand updates and changes.
She also brings project management experience.
STATEMENT from Care of Police Survivors following the announcement by the Police Arboretum Memorial Trust regarding names on the UK Police Memorial.
COPS expresses its disappointment at the decision.
Click here/see below for full statement.
THE daughter of PC Dave Phillips lit a candle as police officers who have died on duty were remembered at this year’s National Police Memorial Day in London.
Prince Charles attended the 13th annual event as it returned to St Paul’s Cathedral. Around 4,000 officers were remembered and the names of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice over the past year were read out.