WMPBEN Newsletter 2020

Member subscriptions In five years members subscriptions have not risen whilst continuing to offer substantial benefits. • We’ve increased our sickness voucher entitlement • Offered improved convalescence & rehab breaks • Purchased two holiday homes offering discounted breaks • Given out over a quarter of a million pounds, in the last three years to those in need. All of this would not be possible, of course, without the continued loyalty of our members. In order to continue to provide the same level of assistance we realise a small increase to monthly subscriptions is necessary. From September 2020 members’ subscriptions will increase to; • Serving officers and staff who currently pay £2.00 per month will pay £3.00 • Retired members currently paying £1.00 will pay £1.50 Benefits of Becom What are the benefits of achieving charity status and why did we change? Office open Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.00pm and Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm Now we have moved to a charity our Directors have become Trustees and our Management Committee is now known as our Operations Committee. They work with the rest of our team to ensure we’re making the best use of the people, assets and funds we have available in order for the Fund to grow and sustain itself in the future. That’s why we believe the time was right to take that bold step to become a registered charity. Achieving charity status will enable us to do so much more, including tax savings, partnership working and increasing our funds. We all know the saying ‘Charity begins at home’ and this has never been more relevant in today’s challenging world of modern day policing. The senseless attack on serving officer Gareth Phillips is a shocking reminder of the dangers officers face when carrying out their daily duties. A grant from the Benevolent Fund allowed Gareth to have much needed modifications to the family home, improving his quality of life. (see back cover) The Fund is proud to have been able to help more people this year. In the past 12 months we’ve given out over £81,000 to support our members. “We hope that now we are a charity people will recognise the work we do and will show their support by either, becoming a member, donating or helping with our fundraising efforts.” Steve Newbury, General Manager and Fund Secretary We’re appealing to our members for fundraising ideas and help at events. If you would be interested in offering your support as a Ben Fund volunteer we’d love to hear from you. “The welfare of officers and staff is really important. It’s easy to forget that they are only human and can be affected by unexpected personal tragedy, illness or hardship. That’s why I’m proud to be the patron of West Midlands Police Benevolent Fund.” Chief Constable Dave Thompson