Ball gives COPS a £30,000 boost

The Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Winter Ball, hosted this year by TV presenter and Special Constable Penny Lancaster, has raised more than £30,000 for the charity that provides support to the families of fallen officers.

The black-tie event was held at the National Memorial Arboretum near Lichfield, Staffordshire, on Saturday (5 February).

It included a drinks reception, three-course dinner, live entertainment, and an exclusive auction hosted by Penny, who added a very special last-minute surprise.

COPS patron Penny stunned the room by offering a VIP experience to meet her music legend husband Rod Stewart and attend one of his shows later this year.

COPS patron and Special Constable Penny Lancaster at the Winter Ball

The Winter Ball raises money for COPS, the only charity in the UK solely dedicated to supporting the families of police officers and staff who die on duty.

Gwent Police Federation chair Steve Thorpe said: “This event has raised a phenomenal amount of money for a charity that is close to the heart of every police officer.

“COPS does an outstanding job helping the families of colleagues who have lost their lives and is an extremely important part of the police family.”

COPS national president Gill Marshall said the ball was a huge success.

“It’s been two years since we last held a Winter Ball so it’s great to get back together and celebrate the amazing work of COPS,” she said.

“But not only that, it’s great to raise the profile of the charity as well as raise funds to allow us to continue to support the families of fallen police officers.”

COPS chair of trustees Sir Peter Fahey with Penny Lancaster and charity president Gill Marshall

Penny, a special constable with the City of London Police, said: “I’m really pleased the auction, including my surprise lot, went well and helped raise so much money.

“COPS is a charity that is close to my heart, so it was an honour to help.”

The ball was sponsored by police support service provider SSCL.

Find out more about COPS.