St George's House,
News and Events
Sorry to be the bearer of sad news but we wanted to say that we have just received word that Sheila passed away on the 14th December.
Members of her family were with Sheila when she passed peacefully. Sheila had been unwell for some weeks and declined quickly. Sheila kept her sense of humour and enjoyment of simple pleasures to the end. She always read the St George’s newsletters with interest and was pleased to get Christmas cards from old boys and girls this year. St Georges played a very important part in Sheila's life in many ways - both when she was there as a pupil and in later years at the reunions. It was a great sadness to her that latterly she had not been able to attend due to her infirmity but she still enjoyed looking at the photographs of the get togethers”.
Most of you will remember Sheila from the days when she used to organise our reunions – which she did with enthusiasm for many years.Sheila Stephenson nee Potts (child number 554) was admitted to St George’s in 1943 and originally came from Tynemouth.
Gwen George nee Mitchell (394)
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Tom, entered St George’s in 1925 from
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The Police Treatment Centres (PTC) welcomes Mr Patrick Cairns as the newly appointed Chief Executive.
Following the retirement of Michael Baxter, earlier this year, Patrick joins the charity as the new CEO and takes up this role officially from 24 June.
Patrick brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, serving with distinction in the Royal Military Police (RMP) throughout his career in the Army attaining the rank of COLONEL. During his 28 year career he served on operations in Northern Ireland, the Former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and lived and worked in many other countries across the world including Germany, the USA and Belgium. He has a BA in Economics, an MA in Defence Studies and is a fluent French speaker, and he is a Chartered Fellow of the CMI. His most recent and final appointment was the Deputy Chief Constable of the RMP.
An experienced and well qualified police officer, Patrick has worked closely throughout his career with police officers both in the UK, and when they have also been deployed on missions overseas. He has always had a high regard for the outstanding work that the police do in support of the public, often under challenging and very testing conditions. He is also well placed to confirm the respect that the International Community have for the UK Police Service, having personally seen them at work around the world on many occasions in tense situations in support of the disadvantaged and those who need help and protection, always conducting themselves with huge professionalism, courage and fortitude, and of course with the sense of humour that so typifies the men and women of the great British Police Service.
On being appointed Chief Executive of the PTC, Patrick commented;“I am delighted and privileged to be appointed as the Chief Executive of the PTC, and believe that the work that we do at the PTC for serving and retired officers is absolutely vital, and that there is a greater need than ever for support and services that we provide. I shall look forward to working closely with the Trustees and the members of Staff at both Centres, in building on the excellent work already accomplished at the PTC, and taking it forward to the next level in confirming the reputation of the PTC as a centre of excellence in the treatment of injured police officers”
Joan McDonald, wife of Wilf McDonald, has passed away
suddenly but peacefully around 8pm last night.
We are sorry to hear this
news and send our condolences to Wilf and his family.
Marion Longley nee
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but still pretty good for a small organisation like ours.
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George's Police Children Trust.
The St George’s Police Children Trust
A little history …
The charity was set up when the proceeds from the sale of St George's House, the Northern Police Orphanage on Otley Road in Harrogate, were put into trust. The orphanage closed in the mid-1950's due to falling demand, possibly because of changes to the welfare state and an increase in adoption and fostering.
Between 1898, when the house opened, through to 1954 more than 600 children spent all or part of their childhood at St George's House. Running costs were funded by many hundreds of serving police officers who made a weekly donation from their pay. Other gifts and donations were received from well-wishers across the north of England and further afield.
St George's Police Children Trust continues to support the children of police officers who have died or who have been incapacitated from earning a living. The Trust also enjoys a friendship with many of the St George's House 'Old Boys and Girls' along with their relatives, friends and supporters, who visit Harrogate each year for a reunion.
How your support really
does make a difference
“I am writing to express how grateful I am for the continued financial support given to both my two children. Both children have struggled to progress in school following the death of their father, this allowance will help me be able to continue supporting them with their education.”
“I am so very grateful for all the support the funds have helped with and the pleasure it has given my daughter. At present the funds go towards her extra maths and English, and swimming. Without the funds I would have found it very, very hard.”
“I am humbled at your generosity and the money you send will go a long way in giving my daughter a secure future.”
Each year almost half a million pounds is distributed by the trust to police families. This is made possible thanks to the support we have been given from serving police officers, who currently donate 80p a month out of their pay packets. Thank you to all those people who have and continue to support us in this way.
How you can help
If you would like to start receiving communication from the charity please contact Nicola Ridgway on 01423 504448 / Nicola.Ridgway@thepolicetreatmentcentres.org
We promise our intention is by no way to bombard you with literature, we will look to send a couple of newsletters out a year, updating you on any changes within the charity and how families are benefiting from the help the charity is able to give.
If you would like to find out how you can donate to the charity or discuss any fundraising ideas you might have, please contact Nicola Ridgway on 01423 504448 / Nicola.Ridgway@thepolicetreatmentcentres.org
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