New COPS President reflects on a changing year

Posted on December 11, 2014 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

Denis Gunn

AS WE approach Christmas and the New Year, I want to wish you all a calm and peaceful festive period. I realise that for many of you Christmas will never be what it used to be.

For some of you it may even be the hardest part of the year but I hope happy memories of Christmases past will carry you through this difficult time.

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2014 has been a busy year for COPS as the charity goes from strength to strength and we have been very lucky to be the beneficiaries of some great fundraising by many individuals and groups.

I never cease to be amazed by the incredible sums we receive and the challenges so many of our survivors and supporters put themselves through to support COPS.

I won’t mention anyone by name for there are just too many to do so but you have all been magnificent and the charity greatly appreciates your tremendous efforts throughout the year.

There have been significant changes within COPS this year with three new trustees joining the board; Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin of the Metropolitan Police Service, survivor Heather Cooper, mother of PC Daniel Cooper who was killed on duty with Wiltshire Police in February 2010 and Sir Pater Fahy, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police.

Earlier in the year Mick Foster stood down after six years as COPS chairman and was replaced by Jan Berry , former Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, who stepped up from her role as a Trustee. Sue Brace also stood down this year after four years as national President of COPS but fortunately for COPS both Sue and Mick remain on the board as trustees.

I’d also like to express my sincere thanks for all their hard work to the three members of the COPS Survivor Committee who stood down from their posts this year; Sue Bishop, Events Coordinator, Janet Graham, Marketing Coordinator and Sandra Jones, Fundraising Coordinator.

The year also gave us a glimpse of the future with the emergence of some of COPS younger survivors as they participate more and more in fundraising and raising the profile of the charity.  Who will ever forget the skydive by 10 children of police officers who lost their lives while on duty?

In the past few months COPS bade a fond farewell to three of the charity’s long-supporting survivors, Audrey Barton, Caron Lucas and Baz Munn. They will all be greatly missed and our thoughts are with their families at this time.

The dates for all survivor events for 2015 have now been published and I hope to see you all in July if not before. Finally, I’d like to wish you all the very best for 2015.

Denis Gunn

COPS President.


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