Can you help?

Meet Red

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Red is a Crisis Point therapy dog, working with young people who are victims of rape and sexual abuse. He helps them to open up and move forward with their lives. He has helped a great many children.

But… Red has a condition, called Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD). He has previously had knee surgery, for which the funds were raised by Crisis Point.

However, in December last year, Red’s condition resurfaced and it causes him severe pain. So severe that he now needs total knee replacement surgery. The cost for this is £15,000, including post-operative care. We need to raise this money as quickly as possible, otherwise this beautiful, calm, caring, helpful and intelligent pup will have to be put to sleep. He is just a few months shy of his fourth birthday. The best gift he could receive is the gift of a pain-free life.

Please can you help? There are several ways to donate to Red’s Fund. You can donate via Just Giving (just click that link) or you can donate directly to the charity’s bank account for Red’s Fund (that link will take you to the page with information about Red and how to help)

Alternatively, you can hop over to my other blog HERE to purchase a specially created cross stitch design, with ALL proceeds going directly to Red’s Fund.

Please, please help if you can. Red is a very special support worker for the most vulnerable in society. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for any help you can give.

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It’s not as we know it…

This accurately sums up some of the problems in the world today. Excellent blog, well worth reading.

Sgt Harry Tangye

Last night it dawned on me… and then I fell into utter confusion again.  I joined the police to… wait for it, yes, ‘to help people’ and I have come to work for the past 27 years on continual shifts and on front line in order to do that, and there is nothing more exciting and satisfying than walking away, looking back and seeing the smile on a previously frightened face. But that seems to be disappearing and without me having noticed it.

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And Yet So Much To Say

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Last night, terror encroached on childhood.

Last night, evil robbed innocence.

Last night, cowardice struck the defenceless.

Those watching the early report of events in Manchester would no doubt have hoped that this was a small scale technical problem or an inconsequential structural failure at the Arena but as time went by, the images of ambulances racing to the scene, the sight of armed officers and then the arrival of the Bomb Squad began to confirm the worst fears.

Confirmation was a while coming but when it came, via a briefing from Ian Hopkins, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, hearts sank and words seemed impossible to find.

The images being broadcast – the brief video clips from inside – began to take on a new context. Now we knew what that noise was. Now we know why those people were running and screaming.

It is perhaps unfair to draw…

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Decision time

I’ve been doing some thinking recently. I have three blogs and I’ve been more than a little bit lax in keeping up with them. So, I’ve decided that this blog will be used for general stuff, one of my others will be used for more personal stuff and the third for all my crafting stuff. At least that way, with a little bit of luck, I’ll be able to put stuff in appropriate places rather than muddle it all together. It seems like a sensible idea and, as I have my sensible head on – just for today – I’m going through and rearranging things. It may take me some time but I’ll get there, eventually Open-mouthed smile

Don’t Go Changing

All the positives about policing that must not change… excellent read as always

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So much of the current talk in policing is of change.

Of the pressing need for reform.

And, truth be told, there is a great deal in this job that needs sorting out.

But, amongst all the conversations about things like modernisation and transformation, it seems to me that we’re in danger of missing something of fundamental importance.

Where is the talk about all that is precious in policing?

About the things that must never change? About the things you cannot put a price on, but that we cannot afford to be without?

Things like…

(1) The simple desire to make a difference

Ask most good Coppers why they joined and the answer will be a simple one. They just wanted to make a difference.

They still do.

It was never about money or status, recognition or reward. It was just about changing the world, one life at a…

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The New Commissioner’s In Tray

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This week sees the final interviews for the job of Met Commissioner. There are some truly outstanding people in the running.

And what awaits the successful candidate? Simply, the honour and responsibility of leading the finest police service in the world. The Met has its faults and failings of course – some of them grave – but it remains an extraordinary institution.

More than the institution though, there are the people – as fine a group of women and men as you could ever hope to meet. Some of them fall short, but most of them are about as remarkable as people can be: the everyday heroes and heroines who police our streets. It seems to me that serving them is the greatest leadership privilege of all.

The new Boss is going to arrive to a set of eye-watering challenges – a combination of operational and organisational demands the like…

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Heroes of our Time

Just three examples of outstanding courage and bravery

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On Tuesday 24th January 2017, whilst scrolling through my Twitter feed, I came across the stories of three very remarkable men.

Stories of quite astonishing courage.

But, aside from a passing mention in a couple of newspapers they seem, largely, to have been overlooked by the mainstream media – and that doesn’t seem right to me.

So I want to tell you the stories of Nathan Lucy, Andrew Wright and Martin Finney – some of the finest and bravest people you could ever hope to meet.

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PC Nathan LucyQGM is a Hampshire Police Dog Handler.

In April 2014, a vulnerable woman jumped into the sea at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. PC Lucy responded and, as she drifted on the current, he ran ahead of her on three separate occasions, calling for her to come in.

She didn’t respond.

At that point, PC Lucy made a simple…

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