Ready For A Busy Year
I USED to think that the winter months were a relatively quiet time for our charity, with most events taking place in Spring, Summer and Autumn.
I can, however, assure you I was wrong, for the past few weeks have been far from quiet with a great deal of preparatory work going on behind the scenes for another busy year ahead.
For those of you who are not yet aware, we will be running two themed weekends this year. One will be a Spa Weekend and the other a Walking Weekend, although the themes will vary from year to year. These will replace the ‘Alternative Weekend’.
We shall, as always, run our Relationship Weekends for parents, siblings, spouses, adult children and younger children. This year, in addition to the main Survivor Weekend in July, every Survivor will have the opportunity to attend two weekends, – either their Relationship Weekend and one Themed Weekend or, instead, both Themed Weekends. Further details will be made available as soon as possible.
I’m sure you will have seen the very sad news that two police officers were added to the roll of honour during the first month of this year. Insp Mark Estall, 45, of Essex Police was taken ill while on duty and later died. PC Paul Briggs, 43, of Merseyside Police, died 18 months after receiving serious injuries in a road traffic collision as he travelled to duty.
At the time of writing we are in the process of contacting the two officers’ families, through their respective Police Federations, to offer them the incredible peer support that only this charity provides. My thoughts are with the officers’ families, friends and colleagues.
While writing this article I want to express my most sincere thanks and gratitude to Survivor Tracy Walker who remains with the charity but who, in January, stepped down from the COPS Council. Tracy has, for many years, demonstrated great support for our charity in all ways possible – having previously served as our Vice-President and prior to that as a Trustee. Thank you so much Tracy, it’s been a real pleasure working with you.
My best wishes to you all.
Denis Gunn (pictured)