Stories

Rachel’s new career following injury on duty

I was beaten down, I was massively depressed and I couldn’t talk without crying all the time. Thankfully, I don’t have those thoughts now, and it’s because of the support and funding that the Police Dependants’ Trust has provided and I’ll be forever grateful.

Remembering PC Richard Gunn

I try to remember Richard’s voice, his laughter and his amazing wit. He was a wonderful son of whom I’ll always be extremely proud

How the Trust helped The Hickman Family

After his accident, my dad had to switch motorbikes for mobility scooters, and though this slowed down his pace of life, he didn’t let it to affect his spirit.

How volunteering changes lives

I was someone who was reluctant to ask for help. I thought my situation wasn’t bad enough or that I shouldn’t get it. All things are possible if you ask for it.

Injured traffic officer Peter Burnsall

When you loved being a police officer like I did, being forced to leave the job is like having your legs chopped from underneath you. In 1989 I was retired because of ill health and at 41 it felt like I was thrown on the scrap heap.

Injured Police officer Gerry Gee

I’d always wanted to join the police force, right from being a small child.

Former officer saved from the streets

A retired police officer from Scotland has thanked the PDT for saving him from homelessness.

Injured Police officer Lewis Pluck

My  life changed in an instant when my car hit black ice and skidded off the road. My wife and baby daughter were fast asleep at home blissfully unaware that I was trapped in the car with a broken neck and had just been paralysed below the chest. Everything slowed down. It happened in a […]

Rita Bhogal’s story

Alongside the many injured officers who seek support from the Police Dependants’ Trust are those families who are trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one. Perviz Ahmed, who was known as Paj to his family and friends, was travelling home after his shift when he was involved in a collision. […]

Andy Hussey’s story

To his family Andy Hussey is undoubtedly one in a million. Having survived a broken neck he is also, in medical terms at least, one in three hundred thousand. Andy was on a routine nightshift when he and a colleague were called to reports of a man trying to commit suicide in the harbour. Another [...]

Elizabeth Beech’s story

Some incidents on duty leave police officers with physical scars. Other officers, like Elizabeth Beech’s former husband Robert, are left with mental scars which can be just as debilitating. Elizabeth Beech recalls how Robert, the father of her three children, had loved his job as a police officer. During his service he had spent time […]

Dave Powell’s story

Just a few years into what he hoped would be a long career in the police service, Dave Powell was facing up to the reality of spending life in a wheelchair. A police car Dave was a passenger in was travelling at about 70mph when it lost a wheel. The car left the road, clearing […]

Brian’s story

Brian suffered serious back injuries after being assaulted by a gang of youths. The mobility problems caused by his injuries were such that his police career was cut short.