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NEWS


‘So much has changed during my career’


Gwent Police Federation Chair Maria Henry has retired, after 12 years as a workplace representative and the last two as a full-time ofcial. Maria first became a rep after being thankful


for the support of the Federation when she faced disciplinary proceedings. She explained: “I was served gross misconduct


papers for an allegation which was later found to be unsubstantiated. Nevertheless, it devastated me. Coming through the process made me want to help others in the same position as I knew the efect it can have.”


Maria joined the Force in 1991 and moved


to Caerphilly where she was involved in tutoring student ofcers. On promotion to sergeant she moved to Risca and then spent three and a half years on the dog section before working in custody for three years.


“So much has changed in the police service


during my career but perhaps the biggest change has been around technology with mobile phones, computer systems, hand-held devices, body-worn video and everything that goes with them,” she said. Maria was congratulated on her retirement


by Chief Constable Pam Kelly and presented with flowers and other gifts by the branch. Steve Thorpe takes over as Branch Chair.


Fond farewell


Members of West Midlands Police Federation were among the many well-wishers to bid a fond farewell to Assistant Chief Constable Chris Johnson who completed the final stages of a 5,000-step walk for charity when he left West Midlands Police for the last time on the day he retired.


The popular and well-respected ofcer,


who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) two years ago, six months after becoming ACC, started the last day of his service with a live interview with Charlotte Hawkins on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. The TV presenter is a patron of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) and lost her dad to the disease. Chris talked about his determination to


complete Mission 5,000 – a challenge through which participants walk 5,000 steps in aid of MNDA and for the 5,000 people in the UK living with the illness. “The steps are tough. I’ve had two weeks


to do them. I set myself a target of doing 350 to 400 a day,” Chris said, “That pain and discomfort is nothing compared to hopefully raising awareness around motor neurone disease.”


12 | POLICE | DECEMBER 2020


Tammi Morrell-Knapton with husband Nick and daughter Isabella on the couple’s wedding day.


Detective launches appeal to pay for cancer treatment


DC Tammi Morrell-Knapton has launched an appeal to help pay for treatment that will allow her to spend time with her young daughter after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow. The treatment costs around £4,500 a month and Tammi, who joined West Yorkshire Police in May 2001, has already raised more than £32,000 of her £50,000 target. “My consultant has


recommended that Lenalidomide maintenance therapy would be the most impactive treatment but it’s sadly outside the scope of the NHS,” she explains. “Without this treatment, my chances of life are limited but with it I could enjoy another two years of life. It may not sound much but it means more crucial days with my brave little girl and my family. I’m asking for help so I can enjoy these precious moments.” After being struck down with


excruciating pain that had her bed- ridden within 48 hours in January this year, Tammi was rushed for a private MRI scan after being turned away by two hospitals. Only a week after becoming ill and following the scan results, Tammi, who is on secondment to the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit, was advised to seek urgent medical treatment and was then given a full diagnosis. She began chemotherapy but a donor transplant, termed an allogeneic stem cell transplant, is likely to be her only chance of beating the disease which is extremely rare in anyone under 65. In October, she and her partner, Nick, got married before embarking on a week-long holiday in Cornwall with their daughter. You can support Tammi via her JustGiving page: www. justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ raisingfundsfortammi


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