There are various ways in which you can raise funds for COPS and help us to provide invaluable support to survivors. For example, you can do any or all of the following:
The quickest way is to make a donation to our charity account, via the online PAYPAL payment facilities available through this web site.However, if you want to find out more about our fundraising options, please refer to the sections below.
PLEASE NOTE: For anyone thinking of fundraising for COPS, we would like to remind you that in certain circumstances, you will need to obtain permits or licences. Common examples are collecting or selling in a street or public place, going from house to house, and organising a draw or lottery (other than a traditional one with cloakroom tickets at an event).
If you wish to hold a fundraising event please contact Georgine Whigham our "COPS Fundraising Co-ordinator", so we can make sure that any legal issues are covered, and that you are raising funds in the most tax efficient way possible. We have a range of literature available to assist you. Please talk to us first. Many thanks.Become a COPS Pin Seller
A steady income is provided through our lapel pin sales. However, we are always keen to hear from Police officers who are willing to act as pin sellers on our behalf.
Police officers may obtain pins by calling 0844 893 2055 or by writing to COPS at the following address:
Care Of Police Survivors (COPS),
COPS PO Box 5685,
Abbie Clark is responsible for all pin sales, and can help you with any queries you may have. Our pin sellers are seen as a valuable part of our team, and have helped to raise a lot of money to support our work. Thank you all!
Raise Funds Through Sponsorship
Raising money through sponsorship can be a very rewarding activity, not least because of the sense of accomplishment when you have completed a challenge, but it can bring people together and you can have a lot of fun in the process.
Here at COPS we like to give our fundraisers as much support and encouragement as possible, and are always keen to hear about what ideas you have come up with. To give you an example, here are just a few of the fundraising initiatives that have already been undertaken on behalf of COPS (either as a group or individually):
- Sponsored Cycle Ride
- Sponsored Swim
- Sponsored Race (London Marathon)
- Sponsored Slim
PLEASE NOTE: All sponsored fundraising projects which are undertaken on our behalf, must be managed in consultation with our Fundraising Manager, Georgine Whigham. Please contact her in the first instance, and thereafter if you have any questions or need advice. Note too that you will need to complete a special Gift Aid Sponsorship Form before you start.
To download the official COPS sponsorship form which is available in PDF format, please click here
Hold a Fundraising Event
A popular choice is to hold a fundraising event. One such completed project was led by
PC Chris Payne of Avon & Somerset, who organised a fun
day at a Taunton pub. Hard work by Shane, Charlie, Ruth and the rest of the staff, together with
the generosity of customers, resulted in the sum of £406 being raised for COPS.
If you wish to run a fundraising event, let us know, so we can support and publicise your event.
Send us your Unwanted Coins
Help to turn unwanted old and foreign coins into cash for COPS. We can accept any notes and coins that
are of no use to you anymore. For example:
- pre-decimal currency (half-crowns, shillings, farthings)
- old decimal coins (half pennies, 5p, 10p and 50p coins)
We also accept foreign currency from anywhere in the world, and that includes pre-Euro currency like French Francs or Spanish Pesetas.
Please send whatever coins you find to the address given below:
Care Of Police Survivors (COPS),
PO Box 5685,
Any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Support COPS by Shopping Online
easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores. All you need to do is log on to the easyfundraising web site (see details below) and use the retailer links provided whenever you shop online, and at no extra cost we'll receive up to 15% of every purchase you make - it's that simple!
You can shop with Amazon, NEXT, Debenhams, John Lewis, Toys R Us, HMV and over 400 other online stores, and it doesn't cost a penny extra to shop and raise funds in this way. In fact you can even SAVE MONEY as many retailers give exclusive discounts, special offers and even 'e-vouchers' when you shop through the easyfundraising site.
If you shop on line anyway then why not raise extra funds for us by using this completely FREE service.
Visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/cops, and when you register select COPS as the organisation you wish to support. Every penny you raise will help us to continue to support the families of police officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.