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Our History

Police Care UK was launched on 11th February 2019 following the merger of the Police Dependants Trust and the National Police Fund.

The charity, which is independent of the police service, operates with one core mission: to reduce the impact of harm on police and families.

  • National Police Fund founded

    Following the General Strikes of 1926, the editor of the Times newspaper petitions the Home Secretary to form a charity to provide for improved conditions for the police. It was established by Royal Charter issued by HM King George V in 1926.

  • Braybrook St Massacre sees the murder of 3 officers

    At 3.30pm on Friday 12 August 1966, three police officers stopped their unmarked car in Braybrook Street in Hammersmith, West London. Two of the officers, Sergeant Christopher Head and Constable David Wombwell, went to investigate the occupants of a Standard Vanguard while Constable Geoffrey Fox remained at the wheel of the police car. Three small-time criminals occupied the Vanguard: Harry Roberts sat alongside the driver, John Whitney, while John Duddy was in the back. The three were intent on stealing a car to use in a robbery. Roberts was carrying a gun and there were two other weapons in a..Read More

  • Police Dependants Trust formed

    So great was the public outrage from the Braybrook St Massacre that a donation of £100,000 from the late holiday camp pioneer Mr (later to become Sir) Billy Butlin soon swelled to more than £1 million. The Police Dependants’ Trust was up and running. Regrettably, officers still lose their lives in the line of duty, while others sustain serious injuries; the effects of which can, and often do, bring disaster to the officers and their families for the rest of their lives. And it’s not just the headline-making events that take their toll on the police. Hundreds of equally harrowing,..Read More

  • Public appeal raises £1.7m for PDT

    A public appeal committee raised a spectacular £1.7m to establish the Police Dependants’ Trust to care for injured officers, and look after the loved ones of Police Officers killed on duty. They organised various fundraising activities, including a Mansion House dinner, a public appeal in the Times Newspaper, and a Royal World Premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, in aid of Police Dependants’ Trust which was attended by our patron, HM The Queen.

  • PDT adds PCSO’s to list of supported ranks

    In 2002, the Police Reform Act introduced the role of a Community Support Officer, a non-warranted but uniformed officer with special powers. They were introduced to provide specific connections into community and local policing across England and Wales (the legislation does not apply to Scotland and Northern Ireland). Wearing a uniform and part of the policing response in the UK, PCSO’s face the same risks as other police colleagues. That’s why, in 2002, Police Dependants’ Trust added them to the list of eligible beneficiaries.

  • PDT moves from Queen Anne’s Gate

    The charity, which has been based in the Home Office, moves to new offices in Hampton as it expands it’s work and builds a new staff team to meet rising demand.

  • PDT made trustee of NPF

    Following a major review at the Home Office, governance for the National Police Fund was transferred to the Trustees of the Police Dependants Trust. The charity retained its separate status, including it’s Royal Charter and independent finances.

  • PDT publishes Injury on Duty report

  • PDT and NPF merge to become Police Care UK

    Following a major review with our stakeholders, the two charities merge as part of a three-step process to become more relevant to the people we care for. Step two was to increase the support offered by the charity (which became our success framework), and step three was to rebrand the merged charity to Police Care UK.

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By ticking the "Yes" box, I agree I would like Police Care UK to reclaim the tax on all qualifying donations I have made, as well as any future donations, until I notify them otherwise. I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year I may be asked to pay any difference. I understand that Police Care UK will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.

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Gift Aid does not cost you a penny more, but can add an additional 25p to every £1 you donate. When Police Care UK receives a donation from a UK taxpayer, we're entitled to claim an amount of tax (calculated at the basic rate of income tax in that year) paid on that donation. Once you have given your permission for us to do this on your behalf, there is no need for you to do anything else.

All that is required is that you must be a taxpayer and that would have paid or will pay sufficient Income and/or Capital Gains Tax to cover all the Gift Aid claimed on all your donations in that tax year. Please note that it is your responsibility to pay any difference.

The amount of tax we claim will be 25% of the total value of your donations in that tax year. Furthermore, if you are a higher taxpayer, you are also entitled to claim the difference between the basic rate which we will claim and the amount of tax you have actually paid. For further details on how you can do this, please contact your tax office. If your tax situation changes and your gifts will no longer be eligible for the Gift Aid scheme please contact us and we will amend your record accordingly.

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