Cheshire Police Federation has presented a cheque donation to St Luke’s Hospice in memory of a former colleague who passed away from cancer earlier this year.
PCSO Jill Cope, 54, sadly lost her battle with Oesophageal cancer and died at St Luke’s Hospice on 7th August. Mum-of-two Jill had been working as a beat officer in Holmes Chapel before falling ill, a job she described as ‘the best she ever had’.
Her colleagues paid tribute to her at their annual Charity Ball held last month at Carden Park Hotel and this week, Business Development Manager, Mark Faint and retired officer, Don Speakman visited St Luke’s Hospice to reveal the total amount raised.
Speaking about his former colleague and friend, Mark said: “Jill was an extremely popular officer and is greatly missed by her colleagues. She was always keen to take part in challenge events to raise money for charity and had an infectious way of getting others involved.”
Jill actively fundraised for the Care of Police Survivors Charity, which is dedicated to helping the families of police officers who have lost their lives whilst on duty. She took part in various challenges to raise money in memory of Don’s son and former officer, Jonathan Speakman.
“She did so much work for the charity, she was an incredible lady who had charity firmly in her heart,” said Don.
Each year Cheshire Police Federation hosts the Ball in which local charities are chosen as beneficiaries with proceeds from the event being split between them. Over 300 guests were in attendance on Friday 6th October which collectively raised over £11,000 for this year’s nominated charities; St Luke’s Hospice, Cheshire and Warrington Carer’s Centre and St Roccos’s Hospice.
On behalf of everyone at St Luke’s Hospice, thank you to everyone involved.