In 1969, following the outbreak of civil unrest in Northern Ireland many members of the public donated money to be used for the comfort of injured members of the police. As a result, the Central Representative Body, forerunner to the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, established a benevolent fund to administer the donations.
It is accepted, worldwide, that the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross (RUCGC) was the main stabilising force that provided the conditions for the Belfast Peace Agreement. Sadly over the years in providing that crucial stability, many police families lost their loved ones and members of the RUCGC suffered serious injury. Indeed, current members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) continue to endure serious injury and threat.
The RUCGC-PSNI Benevolent Fund supports members of the PSNI and exmembers of the RUCGC/PSNI, police widows, injured and disabled officers, who find themselves in financial hardship or difficulty. In all instances a case of need must be identified.
The work of the Fund depends on voluntary donations. All contributions, great or small, are most appreciated.
For more information about how to apply for grants or interest-free loans, please see the website.