Fundraising appeal for new national police memorial for Wales

A new National Welsh Police Memorial will honour heroic officers and staff who have given their lives to protect the people and communities of Wales.

The Police Roll of Honour Trust has launched an appeal to help fund the memorial, which will remember the courage and sacrifice of all those across the police service in Wales who have dedicated their lives to serving the public.

The fundraising drive has the backing of North Wales Police Federation, which is encouraging members to get involved.

Secretary Mark Jones said: “Wales is the only country in the UK without a dedicated national police memorial and we’d really like to change that.

“More than 80 police officers have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty in Wales and we want to ensure that sacrifice is never be forgotten.

“A Welsh National Police Memorial would give family, friends, colleagues and the public a place to reflect on the loss of members of our police service and can carry out their own acts of remembrance.

“Any help in making it become a reality would be fantastic,” he added.

Students from the University of Wales Trinity St David’s (UWTSD) Swansea School of Architecture won a competition to design the memorial.

It will be located in Alexandra Gardens in Cardiff, close to the National Welsh War Memorial and National Welsh Falklands War Memorial.

John Giblin, vice-chair of the Police Roll of Honour Trust, said: “It’s intended the memorial will be funded by public and workforce fundraising and donations.

“Donations have already been received from the police family and are being held by the trust.

“We’re a small charity managed by volunteers, who are serving officers, retired officers and the relatives of fallen officers.

“The trust is rich in experience but poor on funding, so we make every penny count.”

To donate to the memorial, visit http://www.justgiving.com/campaign/welshpolicememorial.