Former police officers raise cash for Isabella

Helping out – more than 100 members of the Old Cops’ Club gathered for their annual fundraiser

Helping out – more than 100 members of the Old Cops’ Club gathered for their annual fundraiser

First published in South Essex

A GATHERING of former policemen raised £2,000 for a girl with a genetic condition so rare it does not even have a name.

More than 100 Old Cops’ Club members gathered for their annual fundraiser at Southend Rugby Club in aid of eight-yearold Isabella Defries, both of whose parents are police officers, and who was born with a severe chromosome disorder.

It meant she was born with two holes in her heart, is blind, has severe epilepsy, is fed through a tube in her stomach and has very poor muscle strength.

Having returned from a tenweek physiotherapy programme in the United States, she’s able to sit up for the first time. The cash raised will go towards further therapy at a similar centre in Slovakia.

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5:54pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

What a lovely heart rendering story, thank goodness for these true heroes.
What a lovely heart rendering story, thank goodness for these true heroes. Now listen for I have something to say
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7:27pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Kim Gandy says...

I wish Isabella and her family well.

Well done everybody!
I wish Isabella and her family well. Well done everybody! Kim Gandy
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9:29pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

They used to be called coppers, but I call them Sovereigns for giving so much, they've the midas touch...
They used to be called coppers, but I call them Sovereigns for giving so much, they've the midas touch... Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 1
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