We held our inaugural Eastern and South East regional conference in May 2013 in recognition of our 25th anniversary. Volunteers, staff, police colleagues and other stakeholders came together at Wyboston Lakes in Bedfordshire to celebrate the success of the charity.
Sponsored by Riverside and Elle Security Group the conference was opened by the host county’s Chief Constable, Alfred Hitchcock and closed by Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Olly Martins.
Guest speakers included Crimestoppers Trustee Bill Griffiths, who detailed how he worked with Lord Ashcroft KCMG, PC to set up Crimestoppers in 1988, and Chief Executive Mick Laurie CBE, who set out his vision for the next quarter of a century.
Other guest speakers included Ann Oakes-Odger MBE, (founder and director of KnifeCrimes.Org and also a Crimestoppers volunteer), Chris Preddie OBE, (Dreams Become Reality and former Crimestoppers volunteer), and Tanya Whitney who is a Fearless Champion in Hertfordshire and who set up Billy’s Wish Foundation in memory of her step-son Billy Dove who was murdered just over a year ago.
Over 150 people attended the event from Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, London, Hampshire, Thames Valley, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Surrey. The list of attendees included Chief Constables, Police and Crime Commissioners, Community Safety Partnerships, Fire and Rescue Services, Youth Services and many others who share a collective interest in fighting crime.
“This region has achieved a great deal in the last few years and every single volunteer has played their part in contributing to the wider charity’s success.
"Last year the region saw a 370% increase in the amount of media coverage and an increase in calls in all counties, with one increasing as much as 70%.
"There has also been a dramatic increase in the hits to the www.fearless.org website from those in this region. This is mainly down to the large amount of volunteers now out there tiresomely, but enthusiastically, promoting our youth brand and working with young people”.
After the conference Crimestoppers in this region will continue to celebrate its 25th anniversary by pledging to increase the amount of volunteers by 25%. If you would like be part of the charity please click here for more information about volunteering.