Through her work with the International Christian Police Association, Miss Catherine Gurney OBE established the Police Seaside Home and the Provincial Police Orphanage in Hove, East Sussex in 1890. The orphanage moved to Redhill, Surrey, in 1895 and closed in 1947.
In 1948, The Gurney Fund came into being to provide allowances for the children of deceased or medically retired police officers.
The Fund’s title was amended to The Gurney Fund for Police Orphans in 1978. On 1 October 2014 it became an incorporated charity and reverted to The Gurney Fund.
The Fund exists to provide financial support for the care and education of children of deceased or medically retired police officers from the 22 subscribing forces in England and Wales. A weekly allowance, distributed quarterly, is paid to the parent or guardian with whom the child resides.
Assistance may be available from birth through to higher education. Grants, to include, school uniform, trips, laptops, music and sports equipment, contributions towards higher education fees illustrate some of the assistance available.