0300 012 0030
Search
Generic filters
Filter by Content Type:
Select all
Pages
In your area
Get Help
Get Involved
Get Informed
Stories
Events
News
Current Vacancies

Matt's volunteer story

Matt Kerr from Lancashire Constabulary won the Shoulder to Shoulder award at the Police Care UK volunteer awards 2018. Below he tells his story.

One of the best aspects of being a volunteer is it allows you to speak up for people who would not otherwise have a voice.

Since becoming a support volunteer two years ago, I have visited people in their homes and done my best to answer their worries and concerns. It’s been a very humbling experience and something that I’ve really treasured. I am lucky enough to have been physically and emotionally healthy throughout my life and seeing others who have been less fortunate really puts things into perspective.

I come from a policing background and have spent over 10 years as a Sergeant with Lancashire Constabulary. It’s a job that I absolutely love, but, as you would expect, it comes with its fair share of challenges since you are dealing with people from all walks of life. It is easy to become cynical, but you must work hard and remember that they do not represent most of the population.

As a police officer, there’s always a satisfying feeling when justice is done – particularly when it takes a long time to get there. I’ve always remembered one individual who was finally convicted after four trials. The hard work of my team had paid off and its occasions like that that really test your commitment to the job.

I first became aware of Police Care UK after seeing a notice at work for volunteers and decided to apply. Two years on I am still here and really enjoy it.

I admit I was genuinely surprised when I first heard I was nominated for the Shoulder-to-Shoulder award as I did not feel I had done enough to warrant it. I never set out on the volunteering trail to win awards, but I am delighted that my work has helped people.

When I am not volunteering or policing, I love spending time with my family and I also breed pedigree Aberdeen Angus beef cattle on a small farm I own with my wife.

Back to the top

Donate

£
Personal Info

Credit Card Info
This is a secure SSL encrypted payment.
Billing Details

Reclaim Gift Aid

Gift Aid It!Add 25% more to your donation at no cost to you. A Gift Aid declaration allows Police Care UK to claim tax back on eligible donations. It means that for every £1 you donate to Police Care UK we can claim back 25p, at no extra cost to you.

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.

What is Gift Aid?

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.

Take me to my donation »

Donation Total: £10.00