Friday, 28 February 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 2368 Gordon Eddy

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : DC 2368 Gordon Eddy, who passed away on the 24th February 2020, he was aged 70 years.

Gordon leaves a widow Glynis, son Paul and grandchildren

Gordon joined Durham Constabulary on the 4th May 1970, serving at Darlington, then Ferryhill. He then served the majority as a Detective on CID, Force Crime Squad and Regional Crime Squad in Gosforth. He retired on the 3rd May 2000

The funeral service will be taking place on the 4th March 2020 at 2.45pm at St Paul’s Church, Spennymoor then afterwards at Durham Crematorium. The funeral service is not private. Refreshments will be held at Tudhoe Victory Club in Spennymoor.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Death of Joyce Wilson, the widow of Ex-NARPO member DC 1102 Kenneth Wilson.

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Joyce Wilson, who passed away peacefully in University Hospital of North Durham on Thursday 20th February 2020, aged 93 years, following a short illness.

She was a resident of Mulberry Court Care Home, Durham; formerly of Newton Hall, Durham.

Joyce was the widow of Ex-NARPO member DC 1102 Kenneth Wilson (Died 1999).  She is survived by sons Kevin and Ian (retired DC 1688), grandsons Mike and Timothy and great granddaughter Heidi.  Grandson David Wilson, Mike’s twin brother was killed during active service in Basra, Iraq in 2008.

Friends attending the funeral service should meet at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ at 10.00am Thursday 5th March 2020.

No flowers please, donations in lieu to Cancer Research please.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 2330 William Finnigan

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 2330 William Finnigan, who passed away on the 11th February 2020. He was aged 50 years.
William leaves a widow Sally and two sons Jack and Niamh, he is the son of Elizabeth and Patrick and brother of Patrick.
William joined Durham Constabulary on the 5th April 2004 and left the force on the 18th February 2019.
The funeral service is taking place on the 26th February 2020 at 2pm at St. Bede’s RC Church, Sacriston this will be followed by the burial. 
The funeral service is not private. 
Refreshments will take place afterwards at the cricket club in Chester-le-Street.
A special request from the family is that anyone wishing to attend the funeral, if they could wear something green.
Donations are requested in  lieu of flowers to alcohol change org uk
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Mount Toubkal trek 2020 Butterwick Hospice (Neil & Angela Malkin)

Dear Narpo colleagues,
My wife Angela and I have signed up to this fundraising challenge in memory of loved ones who have been helped by the Butterwick Hospice at the end of their lives.
This charity provides its services free of charge to all of its patients and their loved ones.
However the charity survives only on donations from contributors.
May we ask for your support in this venture, about which you can find details in the link below.
Any donation would be gratefully received.

Help Neil change the world! Make a donation now. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NeilMalkin/1?utm_source=messenger&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=fundraiser&utm_term=socialshare&utm_content=fundriasingpage

Regards
Neil Malkin QPM BA(Hons)

Police Care UK–volunteers needed

Dear Colleagues,
As you know Police Care UK is the charity for serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families, who have suffered harm as a result of policing. We are independent of any police forces, so we are funded entirely by donations and fundraising. We receive no money from government or forces for our work.
Potential Beneficiaries can access practical, emotional and financial support that is confidential and impartial by submitting a referral. We can provide confidential care - for life. We have helped more than 10,000 serving and veteran police colleagues, and their families, come to terms with their situation, and rebuild their lives.
In 2019 alone, we have helped 502 families this year through our support services. We published the research from The Job and The Life in May, the UK's first force wide policing survey to assess trauma management and working conditions. We facilitated training in Suicide Awareness and Prevention for over 300 serving police officers and staff. We designed, developed and delivered our first Trauma Impact Processing Techniques course. We have provided £68,000 of funding to forces for small Wellbeing Grants. We established our strategic partnership with the Police Treatment Centres.
As a charity, we rely on assistance form our volunteers, but we need more help!
If you care about police our colleagues, please consider a volunteering opportunity which will fit around you, and in your area, by visiting our website. There’s no obligation, and we don’t pressurise our volunteers to do any more than they want to. Any out of pocket expenses are paid.
There’s nothing to lose by simply finding out more about our volunteer roles, below.

Police Care Champion
1hr a month
Promote Police Care UK within their team, station, or community, highlighting what help is available and how to access it.

Force Ambassador
4-5hrs a month
Be a point of contact for Champions with questions, hold awareness stands, and provide briefings to teams and shifts about Police Care UK.

Support Volunteer
6-8hrs a month
Be a point of contact for the people we care for, checking to see that they're ok, and supporting them to access support from Police Care UK.

All you have to do, is visit our website here;

https://www.policecare.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/

Dave Blundell
Engagement Officer
dave.blundell@policecare.org.uk
    
0300 012 0030
07971 760 122

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

One from 1973

This photo was sent in by retired PC Alan Humphreys
The photo was taken in the summer of 1973 and show PC Michael Straugher with his patrl car at Consett Show.
The newspaper quote that was attached to the photo reads
"Thank You for your help” says Councillor Ted Humphreys, Chairman of Consett DC  to the police patrolman who conveyed the Consett Show Queen and her attendant to the showfield when their own car broke down.”
The chairman of the council was Ted Humphreys, Alan's father.
Alan later became became Michael's crew mate in December 1979.

Many Thanks to Alan for sending in the photo

Death of Durham NARPO Police Widow : Elizabeth Jane Baines (widow of the late Ch/Insp Albert Baines)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of Durham NARPO Police Widow Elizabeth Jane Baines (widow of the late Ch/Insp Albert Baines), who died in the University Hospital of North Durham on the 12th February 2020, aged 92 years.
Elizabeth is survived by sons, Philip and Paul and daughter Sheila.
Friends please meet at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ for the funeral service, which takes place at 1.30pm on Thursday 27th February 2020.
Family flowers only, any donations in lieu to the British Heart Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 372 Cyril Hind

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 372 Cyril Hind, who passed away on the 3rd February 2020. He was aged 88 years.
Cyril joined Sunderland Borough Police on the 11th November 1957 after service in the RAF Police and served on patrols and in Traffic Department.
When Sunderland Borough Police became part of Durham Constabulary in 1967 Cyril remained in Traffic and was a Motorway Patrol Officer.
In March 1973 he was promoted to Sgt initially in motorcycle section then on traffic patrols. 
In 1976 he returned to motorcycles supervision then from 1979 he served as transport officer. 
Cyril retired on the 29th February 1984.
He was married to his first wife Rose for 55 years prior to her death in 2011. 
He is survived by his second wife Mary whom he married in 2013, son David and daughters Linda, Karen and Susan, stepsons Richard and James and stepdaughters Julie, Kathleen and Annette, 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.
Friends are invited to meet at Durham Crematorium at 1.30pm on Thursday 20th February 2020 for the funeral service, which is NOT private. 
Following the service refreshments will be served at Brandon Cricket Club.
Donations in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research UK

Friday, 14 February 2020

Death of a former Police Officer : PC 1521 Michael (Mike) Heslop

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a former Police Officer : PC 1521 Michael (Mike) Heslop who died peacefully on February 10th,aged 75 years.
Mike was the loving husband of Barbara, dearly loved dad of Mike, Simon and Christopher, dear father-in-law of Claire, Adele and Katy, also a devoted grandad of Oliver, Tom, Nina, George, Poppy, Finley and Darcey.
Mike initially joined Durham Constabulary in the early 60's as a police cadet. On appointment as PC 1521 he served in Durham and eventually became a Traffic Patrol officer.
Mike left Durham Constabulary to become a publican, initially at the Seven Stars at Shincliffe and in later years at the Coach & Horses on the A167 at Butchers Race,Spennymoor.
Mike was extremely proud of his time with Durham Constabulary and held many friendships with ex colleagues over the years. He was also a well respected within the establishments where he was landlord.
Will friends please meet for service at Wear Valley Crematorium, on Thursday February 20th, at 12:30pm.
Family flowers only, donations in memory may be left at the crematorium for Macmillan Cancer Care.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

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