On 16th March Police Care UK hosted a showcase event at New Scotland Yard, the headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Service, with 70 supporters in attendance.
Attendees of the event heard about the vital work that Police Care UK does, providing a confidential programme of specialist support that enables our police and their families to recover and rebuild their lives following physical and/or psychological injury on duty. Speakers included Police Care UK volunteers and beneficiaries of the vital services they provide.
This unique event was hosted by Neil Basu, Assistant Commissioner for the Metropolitan Police. Neil said “Policing has always been an incredible physical and mental challenge and I am indebted to Police Care UK who care as much about my profession and the brilliant people within it as I do. The support they provide is first class and anyone who needs their help should reach out immediately. To do their work they need the support of others, and I was proud to stand alongside our Commissioner and host their event at NSY. Thank you to everyone who attended, for making it such a success.”
Dame Cressida Dick DBE QPM was also in attendance at the event and spoke to many of the guests. Guests were able to enjoy the spectacular views across London from the rooftop pavilion.
Police Care UK receives no government or police funding for the work it does and the demand for services is increasing every year. The organisation hopes to raise an additional £1m by the end of 2023 to enable it to expand the specialist trauma counselling on offer and recruit more specialists with specific PTSD experience and expand the support we give to police families affected by ill-health retirement.
Gill Scott-Moore CEO of Police Care UK said: “The evening was a huge success, and our thanks go out to the Commissioner, AC Neil Basu, our speakers, volunteers and of course all those attending the event. We are extremely proud of our charity and the fact that we make a difference to the lives of those who put themselves at risk every day to protect others. It is only with the generous support of fundraisers and donors that we can do our vital work. With 1 in 5 of our police living with PTSD, events like this allow us to shine a spotlight on the physical and psychological scars carried by too many and raise much needed funds as the demand for trauma support continues to grow.”
Police Care UK are the only charity supporting the entire UK police service, its people, and their families. The Charity relies on the generosity of individuals of individuals to support Police Care UK and the vital work we do across the UK supporting the police family.