Police donate thousands to cancer charity in Joel’s memory

Joel Smith helped raise money for others before he died
Joel Smith helped raise money for others before he died

Police have donated £5,317 to a charity in memory of a Hillmorton teenager who lost his brave battle against leukaemia earlier this year.

The money has been given to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which helped Joel Smith, 15.

It is one of 20 local charities picked to receive a share of a £130,000 windfall from Warwickshire Police, which has come from reclaimed drug money.

The cheques were presented last week at an awards ceremony by Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball and Chief Constable Andy Parker.

The 20 Warwickshire-based charities include organisations that support terminally or seriously ill children and their families, that support young children with Down’s syndrome, as well as community projects and scout and girl guide groups.

Joel’s auntie, Hayley Hammond, who has helped raise thousands of pounds in his memory, said: “I went to the Warwickshire Police awards and it was an amazing night.

“This takes the amount we have raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust to more than £16,000 - an amazing sum for a great team of people.”

The fundraising drive was launched before Joel died.

He attended one of the big events - Party in the Park - and started organising Reloaded with his auntie Hayley Hammond, before he sadly lost his fight.

PCC Ron Ball said: “This is a truly excellent example of Warwickshire Police working at its best – the hard work and innovative approach taken by the officers has meant that a lot of good can be achieved from what is essentially the proceeds of crime.

“I am delighted to be here this evening and hope that these contributions can help make a significant difference in the lives of local people.”

Andy Parker, Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police said: “We are here to protect people from harm and tackling the criminal supply of drugs is an important part of this.

“This ruling sends a strong message that police and the courts will pursue anyone involved with criminal drug activity, see they are punished and where appropriate seize property acquired from illegal activities to help support the local community in a positive way.”

He added: “I am really pleased that as a result of positive police actions local charities will now benefit from the donations.”