WMPBEN Newsletter 2020

Gareth Phillips has thanked the Benevolent Fund for stepping in after his horrific ordeal last year. The Ben Fund member was left with multiple injuries, including a smashed pelvis when he was run over whilst on duty. PC Phillips had been called to a report of a stolen car in Moseley, Birmingham and was soon left fighting for his life in intensive care after being pinned underneath the BMW as thieves hijacked the vehicle and drove over the officer. The senseless attack caused serious life- changing injuries to the officer, but despite the awful events of last year Gaz has been in touch to thank us for the assistance we gave. “The Ben Fund got in contact with my wife, Lisa immediately after I was injured. The Fund has been great. They didn’t bother us at all, just waited until things had settled enough to discuss in practical terms how best they could help us. I knew my recovery would be a long process and the Fund agreed to pay for essential modifications to be done to our house. I also intend to visit St Michael’s Lodge for further intensive physio and hydrotherapy. We’re so grateful to the Fund for the support they have given.” It’s great to hear that Gaz is doing so well and we wish him continued progress on his road to recovery. Long road to recovery made a little easier thanks to the Ben Fund Member benefits explained What am I entitled to? All members can apply for: • Sickness vouchers • Help with convalescence • Loans and grants • Discounted seaside break at our holiday homes in Weymouth & Devon Members who are serving officers or police staff are also entitled to: • Death grant of £3500 to a nominated person • £25 per week for all their surviving children under the age of 18 Serving officers or police staff who pay £5 and retired members who pay £3.75 are *protected members. This means they are also entitled to: • £600 medical consultations * The protected membership rate is no longer available for new joiners. Update your details If your personal details have changed, including your nominated beneficiary please get in touch and update your details. Tell us you’re retiring If you’re retiring soon and wish to remain with the Ben Fund please let us know as your membership with us will automatically stop when you leave. Subscriptions reduce to either £1.00 (standard membership) or £3.75 (protected membership) upon retirement. This will be deducted from your pension. NB You cannot re-join the Fund once you have retired. West Midlands Police Benevolent Fund Guardians House, 2111 Coventry Road, Sheldon, Birmingham B26 3EA Our telephone number is: 0121 752 4919 You can email us: info@wmpben.co.uk www.facebook.com/wmpben @wmpbenfund Office open Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 4.00pm and Friday 8.30am to 3.30pm

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