What Our Members Say
Police staff member on road to recovery
Zubair Khan, a Crime Scene Coordinator at Ridgepoint House, in Ward End, Birmingham, is now back at work after a three-night stay at St Michael’s Lodge. Zubair had been off work for several weeks because of a stomach condition but felt well enough to return after his “refreshing” experience at St Michael’s. He says he now feels ‘re-energised’ after his visit and says being a member of the Benevolent Fund is excellent value for money.
Retired officer praises St Michael’s staff
Cyril was referred by his GP after a serious head injury, which led to a stroke and then several major operations earlier this year. The retired officer had paid into the Benevolent Fund for a number of years and didn’t realise he could benefit from one of our services. In need of some rest and a chance to recover Cyril visited St Michael’s Lodge, Lancashire as part of his convalescence. Following his visit he was full of praise for the staff and would recommend its facilities to fellow members who are in need of a break.
How we helped Sarah
A serving officer was due to get married when his partner was diagnosed with Lupus, a serious life-long condition. This greatly reduced her mobility and put her in constant pain. They had just bought their first house and Sarah had just started her first teaching job but their financial situation went from good to unmanageable. Sarah had to give up work with no prospect of being able to return as Lupus is a chronic illness. As Sarah had been a student up until now, she hadn’t paid national insurance so was not entitled to work-benefits and, despite being seriously ill, was refused disability living allowance. The Fund gave them an interest-free loan that paid off their debts and saved them £150 per month. In 2014, the loan was paid, they were almost debt free, Sarah’s health was stable and they now have two children.
French doors help injured officer
Trevor Reed was injured on duty in 1983 and has suffered for the last 30 years with chronic neck and head pain. A grant from the Benevolent Fund meant that he could fit a sliding patio door giving him easier access to his garden. It is now making a big difference on the days when he isn’t bed-bound.
Family’s new bathroom
Michelle and police officer Gary Cole live with their two children in Rednal. Michelle had surgery to remove her large intestine and this changed the family’s life completely. She needed a second shower room at home where she could carry out her medical care privately because the whole family was sharing one bathroom. The Ben Fund gave her a grant to pay for the new bathroom and Michelle is now back at work after a phased return. Read her testimonial.
Rob Pedley (pictured left) was seriously injured during a ski holiday abroad. We helped his wife to go over and stay while he was in hospital – we funded her flight and accommodation bills. Rob says the Ben Fund was there for him and his family when they needed help.
Retired officer’s car adaptation
A retired officer has been a wheelchair user since retiring from the Force in 1987 after a car accident while she was on duty. Now in her 60s, she is still keen to drive but she started having difficulty using the hand controls on her car last year. The DVLC told her that she would have her licence suspended without further adaptations and so she had a loan to pay for them. She’s now been given a grant for £2,500, been able to pay off her loan – and she’s got many years of driving to look forward to again. Read her testimonial.For more information, please call us on 0121 700 1212 or click here.