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A story from the Police Dependants’ Trust

The Trust supports dozens of families whose lives have been torn apart by the dangers of frontline policing. In this touching interview, Georgina and Brian Hickman reveal how they – with the help of the Trust – have worked through tough times.

Georgina says “In October 2009 my entire family’s life changed forever, none more so than my dad’s after his accident at work. Confined to using a wheelchair to travel any considerable distance, and a walking stick for short distances, he has become dependent on the help my sister, my mum and I provide.

“After his accident, my dad had to switch motorbikes for mobility scooters, and though this slowed down his pace of life, he didn’t let it affect his spirit. His resilience and strength through the stressful and painful period, where he’s had 14 operations and been forced into early retirement, is inspiring. To see your dad physically deteriorate before your eyes is a heart-breaking experience, but to witness the courage and determination with which he faced every new hurdle thrown his way with has left me in awe of him.

“I am so grateful for all the help the Trust has given me and my dad. They have made an extremely stressful time bearable, and now my dad doesn’t have to worry about me at university and can instead focus on himself.”

Brian, Georgina’s dad, says, “Since leaving the force in 2016 because of an injury, money has been a struggle. My injury was put in the wrong band (33% disabled rather than the correct 66%) and so I didn’t get the right award. My salary went from £40,000 a year to £17,000 overnight. [This has now been resolved.]

“The help the Trust have given us has been fantastic. They’ve done up my whole bathroom, which I wouldn’t have been able to afford. I’ve now got a walk-in shower, and the toilet and sink has been raised, so everything is disabled friendly. I didn’t have any handrails and I was going up and down the stairs on my hands and knees. I now have grab handles wherever I need around the house. It’s given me more independence and a huge sense of dignity.

“Through this time my main priority was making sure that Georgina got to university and got everything she needed up there. I heard about a bursary the Trust offers for children of injured officers going to university. They awarded my daughter Georgina a grant that gets paid straight into her account. It means she can eat healthily and it pays for her netball. She’s got extra books for university and the money has helped her buy a Mac laptop too.

“I’m so proud of Georgina. This has only been made possible because of the grant from the Trust. I know that they will always be there if we need anything and it just puts my mind at rest.”

Source: Police Dependants’ Trust