“Following the break-up of my marriage I needed immediate funds to pay for a deposit on a new flat, as well as finding the first month’s rent in advance. Already at a low point in my life, the thought of trying to find the additional funds to pay for this was very stressful. As a member of the Benevolent Fund I was told they may be able to offer assistance by lending me the money, interest free and repaying it, in small manageable amounts, when I was settled. The whole process was really easy and the Fund was extremely helpful. It was such a relief to know that I had support during a particularly difficult time in my life.” Serving officer
“I can’t thank the Benevolent Fund enough for their recent help and support. It’s been such a difficult time for me, I had just decided to move house and had accepted a property when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I couldn’t afford to pull out without losing a lot of money.
“I have pre-existing, life threatening illnesses and am partially disabled, therefore I was under a specialist team to prepare me for surgery. This involved a lot more visits to hospital; these were all done by taxis as I don’t drive.
“You can imagine the cost involved for that as well as the house move. I didn’t have any furniture to sit on and couldn’t afford it just then, even though I needed it especially after surgery once I was home.
“Getting in touch with the Benevolent Fund was very straight forward. Two days later I received a call from the Fund to say they would pay for my sofa. It was such a relief to know that I could have the furniture I needed for my comfort and recovery. I can’t thank you the Benevolent Fund enough they have been a tremendous help.” Serving Police Staff
“From the moment, I contacted the Benevolent Fund the route to receiving the grant was very easy. The full grant amount was possible by the additional support of the Police Dependents Trust.
“So, thank you again for this grant and the continual support that WMP Benevolent Fund has given me over the many years since I was injured in 1986. I am truly thankful.” Medically Retired Officer
“I wish to express my appreciation to all the staff linked with WMP Benevolent Fund. Not only has the Fund provided a therapeutic break, for me and my family, which has really helped with my recovery, they have also put me in touch with a professional team, specialising in PTSD, that will support me in the long term.
“Everyone at the Benevolent Fund has been really helpful and most importantly they’ve listened. I shall be eternally grateful for their support.
“Officers should strongly consider joining for such a small fee of £2 a month. It makes a massive difference to people lives when they need it” Medically Retired Officer
“The units are absolutely brilliant and have been specially made to fit Jamie’s bedroom. They are wonderful and have made such a difference.
“On behalf of my son, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Benevolent Fund for such kindness. Jamie cannot express his gratitude directly but there is no doubt that without your extremely kind help, we would have been really struggling to find the funds to help Jamie. ” Retired Officer and his son
“Many thanks for the assistance from the WMP Benevolent Fund for the purchase of a bath lift. Please pass on my thanks to the committee.” Retired Officer
“We have just received the ipad and wanted to tell you how grateful we are as it will really help our family to communicate face to face and we enable me to do so much more online.
“Thank you for your help. We could not have achieved this without your support. We appreciate everything the West Midlands Police Benevolent Fund has done and know that you are there for us.” Retired Officer and his family
“Diane and I would like to thank you and the committee of the Benevolent Fund for the most generous award of £1,000 towards the cost of installation of a stair-lift at our home. We were delighted when you called with the news and really appreciate the Fund’s support.” Retired Officer
“I approached the Benevolent Fund at a time when I felt my debt was spiralling out of control. This was due to unavoidable events within my family. As a result I had taken out some high interest loans which I was struggling to pay back.
“Finding it harder and harder to juggle my money I turned to the Benevolent Fund. They helped me to look at my finances and budget more efficiently. They also offered me an interest free loan, which reduced my monthly payments and enabled me take back control. This was a huge relief and gave me a better insight into where my money was being spent and how and where I could save money.
“I am extremely grateful for their advice, help and support.” Serving officer
“I joined the Benevolent Fund after receiving an input on my NPU. I thought ‘Wow, what a worthy cause’ and happily joined, not knowing that sometime in the near future I would be asking them for help! After separating from my husband I thought I was finally getting my life straight until I was struck with an unexpected solicitor’s fee of £1267.
“I spent sleepless nights worrying about how I would pay this then wondered if I could get some help from the Benevolent Fund.
“After making initial contact I arranged to see them. They were great, so helpful. I am so grateful for the grant they gave me, not to mention the ongoing support and empathy shown towards me.” Serving police staff
“I just wanted to say, that when I came to you, I was in a complete mess; financially, psychologically and physically. It was a very low point in both my career and my personal life.
I approached the Benevolent Fund as a last resort, I’ve always thought the way to deal with life’s problems was to bottle stuff up and hopefully it would go away. But finally I realised it wouldn’t go away and I needed to ask for help.
I was struggling financially and was receiving food parcels in order to put food on the table for my family. The bills, however, still kept coming in. I was on top of the bills, but there was no money left to live on and my health was suffering as a result.
I just needed a little help to get back on my feet.
The Benevolent Fund offered me a grant of £500.00 straight away. They were very understanding and offered tremendous support. This helped me out no end. They also pointed me towards outside agencies, who could offer further support.
I would urge colleagues who are experiencing similar difficulties to call the Ben Fund and ask for help. Don’t keep it all bottled up inside! ” Serving officer
“Our 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with Autism which although a relief to finally have an answer it did not give us direction as to how to support her during her academic years. Thanks to the Benevolent Fund we were able to employ an Educational Psychologist who assessed our daughters needs and gave clear direction as to the areas she would need support. This is something we would have had to wait for 2 years for through NHS. We are very grateful for the help the Benevolent Fund offered us as it eased the financial pressures during a very challenging time.” Serving officer
“I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone, and particularly Roz, at WMP Benevolent Fund. I felt I was slowly sinking with my debts and it came to a stage where all I was thinking about was my debts.
I took the step in contacting the Benevolent Fund and I can honestly say it was the best move.
The hardest thing was admitting I’d let things slip so far but the Ben Fund was so helpful, not condescending, not judging but genuinely helpful and friendly, I can’t thank you enough.
The Fund put me in touch with PayPlan who helped me organise my finances and contact my creditors.
It was a huge relief to tell people what was going on, the advice and help I received was and still is the best.
Thank you all so much.” Serving officer
“Thank you SO much for the gift voucher which arrived on Friday. I’d forgotten all about being entitled to receive one, so it was a lovely surprise.
Thank you Roz, also, for taking the trouble to include a card, and your kind words. I’m pleased to report that I’m making good progress after back surgery. Best wishes to you all.” Retired officer
“Having gone through rather a difficult period following my marriage break up and finding myself in a low point in my life, I needed to find a new home but had few possessions with which I could furnish a new place to live. As a member of the WMP Benevolent Fund I was advised to contact them for help. They immediately came to my assistance and awarded me a grant to buy the essentials for my new home for which I am extremely grateful. I now find myself in a position where I can make a new start in my life and look forward to the future, something the help of the Ben Fund has now made possible. When times are difficult it is encouraging to know that help is there which, when you are going through a difficult period in your life, can make the difference. It has for me.” Serving officer
“Going to the WMP Benevolent Fund was like walking from a very lonely dark place to somewhere brighter.
“Serving for the police we spend most of our professional lives caring for the public… but sometimes we need to be cared for too.
“The Ben Fund offered to lighten my load when I needed help. I would urge any police family member to join, either to help others knowing one day everyone needs a helping hand, or to take comfort that the Ben Fund is there for you in your hour of need and will help. There are not many people who will offer to do that.
“After 23 years police service, a messy divorce and 2 young children the Benevolent Fund was there as my safety blanket, just as officers are there for the public day in day out.” Serving officer
“I started paying into the Benevolent Fund at the tender age of 19. At that age you can’t comprehend you may actually ask for help from it at a later stage in life. Forty years on I found myself asking the Fund for assistance.
I’d just like to say how wonderful and helpful the Benevolent Fund staff have been in helping me to change a bathroom, I could not use because of my declining health, into a shower room.
Each step of the way Roz and her team were there to help and support me through the process. Their extensive knowledge was invaluable. So many thanks one and all.
Finally to those who are just starting out in the police service I would urge you to join the Benevolent Fund because one thing is certain in life… time moves forward and never back and maybe one day in the future you will need help like I did.” Retired police officer
“In times of hardship and circumstances beyond my control, the Benevolent Fund came good for me, they listened and understood. I have never had cause to use them for anything before this month, but when they were needed they went above and beyond for me. I would like to pass on my sincere thanks and appreciation to Jan and the team, for all your help and support.” Serving officer
“I would like to express my thanks at receiving the £30 Love to Shop vouchers whilst I was off sick. At a time when I was feeling quite low, they were a lovely surprise and enabled me to treat myself to something nice to cheer myself up. I think it is a lovely way to bring some cheerfulness to anyone who is off sick and feeling under the weather and wish to express my sincere gratitude.” Staff member for West Midlands Police Federation
“My wife and I are so grateful to the WMP Benevolent Fund for their generous support. The grant to help pay for our stair lift has made life a lot easier and a great deal better and more enjoyable for us. Without your support we would have had to consider alternative living arrangements, that quite honestly, neither of us were happy with.
Words cannot convey what the stair lift and the support means to us. May you all continue with your good work for many years to come.” Retired officer
“The cost to replace my boiler and do necessary repairs was too much for me and I didn’t know who else to turn to. Then one morning I noticed the Benevolent Fund newsletter between some magazines in the kitchen and rang their number in the hope they would offer some help.
“I’m so glad I did because within weeks they had agreed to pay for a new boiler, shower and two new radiators. I finally had hot running water in the house just in time for Christmas.
“Looking back now I don’t know how I coped for so long without it. I was in a very dark place until the WMP Benevolent Fund put the life back into my house. I’m so grateful for all their help.” Valerie, police widower
“Having found myself at a difficult time in my life I was told about how the West Midlands Police Benevolent Fund can help people, like me, struggling to cope with the financial demands of everyday life. I had recently left my marital home and was finding it difficult to cope with the reality that I would have to start over and obtain everyday basic items again, that many of us take for granted.
As a member of the Benevolent Fund I applied for help and was amazed how quickly the Fund responded. They soon stepped in with assistance and gave me the help I needed. Their help and support took a massive weight off my shoulders and gave me much needed breathing space. I will always be so grateful for their help and would urge people to join up. The small monthly members’ contribution of just £2 can make a massive difference to people like me in times of great need. Who knows, it may help you in the future, as it did me” Serving officer
“Thanks to the Benevolent Fund I am finally taking control of my finances. With a secure and well paid job I never imagined I would end up in this situation. However a few bad judgements and unexpected expenditure meant I was left with a mounting debt problem. The Benevolent Fund has completely turned my life around. The help and support I have received has been second to none. My debt is now being managed through Payplan which allows me to repay my loans at a rate I can afford. I no longer dread the postman coming or the phone ringing and can once again look forward to the future.” Serving officer
“I would like to thank the Benevolent Fund for the work that you do. Because I am in an IVA, I am unable to get any kind of loan. My old car was costing me a fortune in fuel and was very unreliable. I didn’t need a huge amount of money but the Ben Fund were able to give me a small grant which meant I could trade in my large car to buy a smaller, newer vehicle. This will end up saving me a lot of money and is one more step to getting my life back on the rails after my marital breakdown.” Serving officer
“I am writing to thank you for all your help with our bathroom. The WMP Benevolent Fund team have been wonderful in the handling of our case. We weren’t aware we could get any help having our toilet and bathroom converted until Joe Tildesley came to see us and told us we might get some help due to Steve’s health problems (Parkinson’s Disease). Within days, Joe phoned us and told us to go ahead with our conversion. We now have a beautiful shower room fit for purpose and accessible for Steve.” Retired officer
“I cannot thank you enough for your great assistance. The work to fit my wet room was done to a very high degree and life is now a lot easier.” Dave Cross, retired officer, Olton
“Please pass on my sincere thanks to the committee for their kindness and understanding of my health problems. Prior to contacting the Benevolent Fund, we were unable to get assistance from the council due to the government budget cuts.” Trevor Reed, officer injured on duty
“I can’t thank you enough. It’s important for us all to know what a great organisation we contribute to because we never know when we may have an hour of need” Anthony Griffiths, serving officer
“With the fantastic support and understanding of Roz and the Benevolent Fund, I have been given my own personal space where I can place all my medical supplies away safely and have the time and space to do everything I need. What you have done for my family is truly wonderful. We can’t thank you enough.” Michelle, wife of Gary Cole, who is a serving Police Officer
“The thought of stopping driving didn’t feel right – I wanted to carry on. Last week I was told I’d been given a grant and I’ve paid off the small loan I had for the work done to my car. I’m really thankful to the Benevolent Fund for understanding how important this was to me. I would say to anyone who isn’t sure where to turn, take the plunge, explain what you need and let the Benevolent Fund decide if you are a suitable applicant.” Retired police officer
“The best thing about being on the Management Committee is being able to have a significant impact on people’s lives when they need it most. The more of us in the Fund, the better placed we are to help.” Inspector Greg Bates is the Sandwell LPU Intelligence Manager
“One reason why people should join – members play a part in helping colleagues and their families through the ups and downs of life.” Rev. John Butcher is Force Lead Chaplain based at Force HQ
For more information, please call us on 0121 752 4919 or click here.
“People often donate monthly to various worthwhile charities and never really know what their money is being spent on. Joining the Ben Fund means people are helping their colleagues when times are difficult and also giving themselves various lifetime member benefits. It’s a win-win situation.” Sergeant Rich Parker works in the Response unit in Coventry.