Merger creates new police welfare charity

Police Care UK succeeds the Police Dependants' Trust and the National Police Fund

A new police welfare charity, formed by merger, has been established with assets of £34m.

Police Care UK, which has 11 staff and plans to recruit another eight, succeeds the Police Dependants' Trust and the National Police Fund.

Gill Scott-Moore, who was previously chief executive of the trust, has taken up the same position at the new organisation.

The trust was the sole trustee of the fund, which had no staff.

The two organisations, which were primarily grant-makers, began working together in 2012.

Trustees instigated merger talks in 2016 after the trust's report, Injury on Duty, said serving and former officers needed more support.

The merged organisation will therefore focus more on providing services, advice and guidance.

The consultancy Spencer du Bois created the new brand for Police Care UK, whose patron is the Queen.

Mark Lindsay, chair of the merged charity, said: "These two organisations have been helping police and their families for more than 50 years, but we can and we must do more."

Police Care UK has retained the trust's charity number and legal form.

Its income rose from £1.3m to £5.8m in the financial year ending 31 March 2018, which was mainly due to a one-off donation of £4.1m from the fund.

Investment income, which accounts for £29.2m of the charity's £33.7m assets, accounts for more than half of all income.

"The reliance on investment income is, however, a concern particularly in the current uncertain Brexit economic climate," the accounts say. "There is a need for the trust to diversify its income sources."

As part of this, the charity is recruiting new fundraisers.

The trust was founded when more than £1m of donations, including £100,000 from the holiday camp founder Sir Billy Butlin, were pledged after three police officers were shot dead in London in 1966.

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