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OLLY MURS SERENADES PRIDE OF BRITAIN WINNING OFFICER


What the Fed did for me...


FED GOT FORCE TO RECOGNISE KARL LOWE’S DISABILITY


Durham’s Sergeant Karl Lowe often felt ill, cold and tired at work. After eight days solid on a domestic stabbing case he began to feel the effects of the chronic fatigue he was eventually diagnosed with. “I awful but I carried on,” said


A Staffordshire Police officer was left speechless when a trip to The Voice resulted a meeting with her favourite pop star Olly Murs, and a Pride of Britain award. PC Claire Bond’s family conspired with award organisers to set up the once in a lifetime opportunity by telling her she was being given a private tour of studio. But as she sat in Olly’s spinning chair, she his signature song ‘Dear Darlin’ being sung live. Claire spun the chair to see Olly himself and in his hands, the Pride of Britain Award for the Emergency Services. She was nominated for the award due to her heroics in September 2018 which saved countless lives. A suspect was fleeing the police in a BMW and driving at 60mph in a residential area, heading to the route where two thousand runners were taking part in the Stafford 10k run. Claire, who is Staffordshire


Federation rep, said: “I thought, if I can’t do something, he’s going to hurt people – we’ve got to stop him.” When the vehicle was halted by a line of traffic, Claire ran alongside and attempted to grab


the keys. The driver went back and forwards, crushing her against a fence and inflicting horrific, life- changing injuries. In hospital her leg was pointing


the wrong way, requiring a five-hour operation. Her primary concern was still with apprehending the dangerous fugitive – and it was a huge relief when her colleague, PC Dave Mullins, told her that the driver had been caught. The driver was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Claire said: “It was such an


honour to meet Olly. Receiving a Pride of Britain Award made me so emotional to think that people deem that I am worthy. I am just one person who has tried to make a difference. I want to dedicate the award to my colleague Dave, who pulled me to safety, my husband Darren and every police officer who gets injured on duty.” Olly Murs told Claire at their meeting: “I’ve heard all about your story and your incredible bravery. You’re an extraordinary, amazing person,” adding he wished he could give her a hug but was prevented due to restrictions around the pandemic.


Karl. “Before long I began to feel fatigued even when I wasn’t at work. Everyday activities I used to enjoy were wiping me out and eventually, at hour 20 on a weekend shift, I simply stood up and fainted. I went to hospital and, after three months of checks ruling everything else out, ended up being diagnosed with chronic fatigue.”


Long meetings really take a


toll, his immune system is poor and three periods of sickness in one year resulted in him having ‘unsatisfactory attendance’ – so he turned to the Federation. “They were absolutely brilliant. They pointed out that I qualified as disabled under the Equality Act and I now have adjustments to my working hours and there’s more understanding about my condition within my workplace,” explained Karl. “I’ve been able to go part-time and have firm start and finish hours so that I can get the time I need to recharge. I’ve also received a ‘wellbeing passport’ which details my chronic fatigue and provisions so that I don’t have to keep explaining the condition if I move jobs which is a huge relief.” Karl is now a Neighbourhood Sergeant and relieved to be able to focus on doing the job he loves “making a difference locally”.


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