President’s Article: Time To Come Together

Posted on July 22, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

Denis Gunn

IT SEEMS no time at all since I was writing in last summer’s newsletter about the upcoming Survivors’ Weekend, and here we are again. This year, Survivors’ Weekend will be at Drayton Manor Hotel, where we hope to provide a more intimate event than in recent years.

It has already been a busy year, with some significant changes to the structure of COPS – and more to come.

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This year we have welcomed three new Trustees, with whom I look forward to working as we further develop this great charity. Like many of you, I feel we need greater Survivor representation on the board of Trustees to raise issues that are important to us all. We still have a vacancy for another Survivor Trustee, so if you would like to help influence the direction in which COPS moves forward, please let us know.

In May, I was given the opportunity to speak about COPS to a group of Thames Valley Police Cadets. I want to thank them for their invitation – it is always a pleasure to meet such enthusiastic young people prepared to voluntarily help their local community. Keep up the good work!

Also in May we ran a stall at the Police Federation Conference. Seemingly this year’s event was the last to be held in Bournemouth, so it was perhaps appropriate that we made record sales with many people stopping to support us. We very much appreciate that and hope it’s an indication that the charity is becoming better known. The Police Mutual Assurance Society also hosted a fundraising dinner for COPS, presenting us with a cheque on the night and sending a further magnificent donation a little later. I cannot begin to express our gratitude to PMAS, which has supported COPS from the beginning. A special thank you to CEO Stephen Mann and the team that made the evening such a success. The after-dinner speakers Peter Scrivener and Kenny Logan entertained us thoroughly with stories from their lives as national and international rugby players.

In early June we enjoyed another record-breaking day at the Staffordshire Police Open Day, which is always a great event. Thank you to the COPS team (Kate, Mark, Charlotte, Alison and Katie) who worked hard to achieve such success.

We still have many events to attend this year, from the south coast up into Scotland. If you can help out in your area, please contact our fundraising co-ordinator, Alison, in the COPS office.

The newly named ‘Police Charities UK’ consortium, ably led by Canon David Wilbraham, the National Police chaplain, and hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales, is making good, steady progress. All participating charities (of which COPS is one) have agreed to work more closely to provide better all-round support to those who need it. The consortium intends to invite more police charities to join, including those from Scotland and Northern Ireland. We hope to have a new booklet with details of the charities and their services available in time for the Survivors’ Weekend at the end of July.

Elsewhere in this newsletter you’ll see a report on April’s Parents’ Weekend, but don’t forget there are many other weekends. See page 12 for details.

Invitations will be sent out nearer the time. Whichever weekend you attend, I hope you have a great time. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you all at Survivors’ Weekend.

Denis Gunn

COPS President


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