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Thames Valley Police Benevolent Fund encompasses three charities; The Gurney Fund, Flint House Police Convalescent Home and the Thames Valley Police Benevolent Fund.
The Fund is administered by a committee chaired by the Deputy Chief Constable and consisting of staff associations, welfare, pensioner’s representatives and two representatives from each BCU.
The Gurney Fund
The Provincial Police Orphanage founded by Miss Gurney in Hove, Sussex, in 1890 as a branch of the practical work of the International Christian Police Association was the first attempt outside the Police Service to assist orphans and fatherless children of the Police. It was a small beginning. With the help of local churches, the Home provided board, lodgings and what education it could, for as many of the eligible children in the large area served - the South, South Midlands and Wales - as could be accommodated in a ten roomed house. Most of the cost of upkeep was provided by friends of Miss Gurney.
Within ten years they were able to buy a larger house, with accommodation for about 30 children, Gatton Park, Redhill, Surrey and a few years later The Woodlands, Redhill, an estate of some 18 acres. Catherine Gurney, O.B.E. died on 11th August 1930.
The Orphanage closed in 1947 and, with the changing social climate, the GURNEY FUND FOR POLICE ORPHANS was established. This enabled weekly allowances to be paid to mothers to ensure that the children remained in their own homes.
The Fund may also cover the children of a member of a subscribing Police Force who has retired on ill-health pension and in the opinion of the Trustees is substantially incapacitated from earning any living.
Thames Valley Police Benevolent Fund
The fund is financed by subscriptions from members and donations from a wide variety of sources. The fund distributes monies on application to the committee to both serving and retired officers, who are subscribing members, who find themselves in dire financial hardship and in need of assistance.
Flint House Police Convalescent Home
Details of Flint House can be found by clicking on this link.
Joining the Thames Valley Police Benevolent Fund
Police Officers are invited to subscribe to Thames Valley Police Benevolent Fund upon joining or transferring to Thames Valley Police.
Serving Police Officers who wish to subscribe to the fund after their initial joining course can receive treatment for new injuries but will not be eligible to be treated for pre existing conditions until the officer has subscribed to the fund for 12 months.
An application form can be downloaded from the ‘Downloads’ section of this website.
Completed application forms must be sent to;
Thames Valley Police Benevolent Fund,
Milton Keynes Police Station.
Further details can be obtained by e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org