August 5th, 2013

From tackling crime to tackling poverty – Terry’s new mission

Retired police officer Terry Bebbington will join former colleagues at Greater Manchester Police in November on a trip to Uganda to help street children.

From tackling crime to tackling poverty – Terry’s new mission

Retired police officer Terry Bebbington has gone from fighting terrorism to tackling poverty in Africa.

He will join former colleagues at Greater Manchester Police in November on a trip to Uganda to help street children.

Terry, from Cheadle Hulme , was a member of the police's counter terrorism unit until last year.

During a voluntary trip with the force to Ethiopia in 2011, he witnessed the plight of homeless children.  The visit was organised by Retrak, a charity based near his home, which works to transform the lives of children in Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania by re-integrating them into their communities.

"The trip certainly changed me," admitted Terry, a father of five. 

"You think there's poverty in this country until you see it in Africa and it brings home how lucky we are.

"Here, if a child is found on the street someone would call social services or the police, whereas over there the authorities aren't interested and street children are treated like vermin."  

Terry and Fiona Richardson, business development manager of Gusto Restaurant and Bar, in Cheadle Hulme, organised a fundraising night which raised £1,077 to support a GMP team who will work on  a new drop-in centre in Kampala. 

The centre was built with proceeds from last year's UK AID appeal by Retrak which was supported by readers of the Stockport Express and Manchester Evening News.

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