Care of Police Survivors (COPS) provides peer support opportunities and access to counselling services to help surviving family members of police officers who have lost their lives on duty, known as survivors, rebuild their shattered lives.
The charity was founded in 2003 by Christine Fulton MBE, a survivor, and the late Jim McNulty, a Strathclyde Police detective. Since then it has grown rapidly to support hundreds of police families devastated by the loss of a loved one who died on duty.
As one survivor said: “COPS is like a comfort blanket.
You can ring people in the middle of the night and speak to someone who has been there. Your loss is a part of who you are but COPS helps you realise that it doesn’t define you. We are all one big family.”
Money that is raised on behalf of COPS is used to provide peer support opportunities through national and local events, which allow survivors to meet and build friendships and bonds that can support them through the good times and the bad.
These events include those for specific relationship groups, such as parents or partners and spouses, or larger events, such as the annual Survivor Weekend. Survivor Weekend is the biggest event in the COPS calendar which sees all the survivors come together for the weekend to share memories, comfort each other and create new support networks to help them through the tough times.
It is also used to enable COPS to work with partner organisations Winston’s Wish and RedArc to provide survivors with counselling and specialist bereavement support.
To learn more about COPS, visit our website: www.ukcops.org, and thank you for supporting our work.
Last year Team Chariot competed in the ‘COPS 30 Miler’ for both COPS and the Royal Marines Charity: https://www.cops30miler.org