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March 13, 2017

Donation towards treatment for former BTP officer

The BTP Federation Welfare Fund has donated £1500 to a fund set up to pay for vital medical treatment for a former colleague.

Just prior to his fortieth birthday, BTP dog handler Chris Kerins' world was rocked by the devastating news that he had Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis; a debilitating neurological condition which deteriorates over time.

Chris, who is now 48 years old and medically retired from the force, suffered a further blow when he learned he didn't meet the criteria for medical treatment by NHS. However, he has been accepted for HSCT (Haemeotopathic Stem Cell Treatment) in India this July. The treatment won't cure Chris but it will hopefully halt his MS and may even reverse some his disabilities, enabling him to enjoy an active life and positive future.

Chris and his family need to raise more than £35,0000 for his treatment and already a staggering £22,500 has been donated. Federation Rep Mark Marshallsay met with Chris to give him the Welfare Fund donation. He said:

"It was a privilege to spend time with Mark and he was over the moon with the donation. Given everything he and his family have been through - and continue to go through - it was remarkable to see him in such good spirits. He really is an inspiration."

We're hoping to raise more money for Chris' fund at our annual conference in Cardiff next week (21/22 March). If you would like to donate directly, you can do so via Chris's online giving page

You can read more on Chris' story at www.chance4chris.co.uk