Last November the Trustees of the St. George’s Police Children Trust agreed some changes to the trust and additions to the benefits provided.
The first decision was the toughest to make, but it was decided that as of 1st January this year the weekly donation rate would increase from 20pence to 35pence. This equates to £1.50 per month, or £1.40 per four weeks. Please note this is the first increase in the SGPCT donation rate since 2011.
This increase in donation rate was, however, largely so that the trust could increase the range of benefits provided. These new benefits also came into effect at the beginning of 2018.
The SGPCT will now offer support to families who have lost either parent, whether or not they are a Serving or Retired Police Officer. The Trustees understand that the death of a partner affects income received by the family and therefore impacts the children, and thus support should also be offered in this instance. The trust will continue to support families whose Police Officer Parent can no longer earn an income, due to illness or injury sustained on or off duty.
The New Beneficiary Grant, (originally the Registration Grant) will be increased from £100 to £1000 per child to provide more immediate financial relief.
A new Driving Lesson Grant will be made available to beneficiaries from the age of 17 up to 25, to help with the cost of learning to drive. The support is capped at £1000 per child.
A new Child Counselling Grant will offer financial support to all beneficiaries who wish to access counselling to support a child or family through a bereavement or difficult time. This support can be accessed at any time, up to the age of 25, and not only immediately after the specific event.
These changes will go a long way in helping Police Officer Families if the unimaginable happens.
If you would like to find out more about the Trust or sign up to donate, please see our website.