The original Northern Police Orphanage for children of deceased police officers opened in north England in 1898 by Miss Catherine Gurney. The orphanage closed in 1956 and it was after this that the grant process started. Two trusts were formed, the St George’s Fund and the Northern Police Orphans Trust, both providing grants to police officers’ children.
In 2006 the two charities merged, creating the St George’s Police Trust. Both the Fund and Trust had shared similar aims and objectives and so a merger enabled the beneficiary base to be widened and costs to be reduced.
St George’s Police Children Trust (renamed in 2012) continues to support the children of police officers who have died or who have been incapacitated from earning a living.
The St George’s Police Children Trust is a registered charity which provides support of a financial nature to children and young people whose police officer parent has either lost their life or had an injury/illness, while on or off duty, preventing them from being able to work. Financial support to police officer’s children and young people is provided by the charity throughout their school years and in many cases, into further education. More than 300 children are supported every year.
For a small donation of 20p per week, beneficiaries can access a wide range of financial grants and support for each child throughout their school years including grants of up to £4,120 per child per year, plus Christmas and summer grants and the possibility of ‘ex-gratia’ grants for necessary activities or items on a case-bycase basis. The Trust continues to support children through further and higher education with annual grants of £1,500.
While no amount of money can replace a parent, support from the Trust can provide a degree of financial certainty in difficult times. The Trust also offers a one week’s free respite stay at their holiday home in Harrogate to all beneficiaries and / or subsequent visits at a discounted rate. Whilst priority on bookings is given to beneficiaries the wider police family can also benefit from this facility by booking a week or weekend visit at subsidised rates. For further information visit the website.
More than half a million pounds is distributed by the charity to police families every year. This work is partly funded by serving police officers who make a weekly donation from their pay.
Application forms for grants are available from the Trust’s website, Police Federation representatives or police force benevolent funds.