Queens Honour for WMP’s Multi-Faith Lead Chaplain
On behalf of everyone at WMP Benevolent Fund, massive congratulations to our management committee member, Rev John Butcher who’s been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
John, the Force’s Multi-Faith Lead Chaplain has received a British Empire Medal for his -outstanding military or civil service – in acknowledgement of his work expanding West Midlands Police’s multi-faith chaplaincy and its contribution to modern day policing.
In the last 10 years the Force has seen a growing number of volunteer chaplains thanks to the guidance and commitment invested by John. From just a handful of volunteers, WMP now benefits from more than 60 dedicated chaplains representing all six major faiths.
As well as John’s pastoral role supporting staff and officers through difficult times, the 63-year-old minister is also a member of our management committee.
“John brings a wealth of experience to the Benevolent Fund. He regularly attends the management committee meetings and we value his contribution when offering grants to members in times of crisis.
“He’s a fantastic ambassador of the Fund, promoting our services to police officers and staff at various force events.
We are absolutely thrilled for him and immensely grateful for the time he invests with the Fund”, added Steve Newbury, General Manager.
Although John admits the royal recognition came as a big shock, everyone here at WMP Benevolent Fund is not surprised! We’re equally overjoyed for John to receive such well-deserved recognition for his outstanding service to others.
Police show their ‘Love out Loud’ for WMP Benevolent Fund
Officers and staff from West Midlands Police showed their ‘Love’ and appreciation for the work of WMP Benevolent Fund with a donation collected at the recent annual Birmingham Pride parade.
This year’s event held on 25 & 26 May, in Birmingham’s Gay Village, was themed ‘Love out Loud’ and a number of our members were spotted supporting uniformed officers and joining in the vibrant parade.
Billy Corrigan, West Midlands Police employee and champion of the Force’s LGBT+ Network, handed the £142.50 raised from the sale of face painting and police whistles.
“The Benevolent Fund was the first charity to spring to mind when we were looking at who to donate cash raised at this year’s Pride”, added Billy.
“The fund does so much for members of our police family – past and present – and this donation will go some small way to help them continue that amazing work.
“I’ve personally benefitted from the fund over the past 12 months so it’s nice to pay something back.”
WMP Benevolent Fund wants to become a registered charity!
We are set to achieve another milestone by becoming an official charity for thousands of police members we serve.
Subscribing members are being contacted this week, either by email or post, with details about the application and will be given a say on whether we should become a registered charity.
A dedicated ‘Becoming a Charity’ page has been created on our website https://www.wmpben.co.uk/members-area/becoming-a-charity/ along with relevant documents and details of how members can vote.
We aim to reach all of our members as soon as possible, so if you’re a member and have not received an email or letter by Friday 7 June please contact the office on 0121 752 4919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org It maybe because we have your old contact details.
Being legally registered as a charity will give us an official hallmark for our mission to provide financial help and support to members of the West Midlands Police family.