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Dave is a dad of four, living with his wife, Rachel and 10 year old son Elijah. In the police force since 1997, he joined Staffordshire Police in 2003 and worked as a Detective dealing with serious and complex investigations. He had been suffering from headaches for a number of years, but this was put down to work related stress due to the nature of his highly demanding job.

In June 2021 Dave tested positive for Covid, though at first he had no symptoms. However, two days in he experienced what he could only describe as an ‘explosion in his head’ and pressure which felt like a vice. As these symptoms continued for a number of weeks Dave decided to contact his GP, concerned that he may have long Covid. By this point he had also lost strength in his right arm, and so his GP sent him for an urgent CT scan.

It was at the end of July 2021 that Dave received the devastating news that he had a brain tumour. An emergency MRI scan showed the tumour  to be the size of a satsuma, and surgery to remove it was essential.

Dave’s operation followed in September 2021. The biopsy showed that it was a low grade meningioma, however not all of the tumour could be removed, and Dave is now working hard to adjust and adapt to the long term impact that his diagnosis has had.

Fund target
£10,000
Current total
£3,055
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Dave explains the impact of diagnosis and how fundraising helps
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Although I look physically well and healthy the impact on my day to day life is massive and the issues are not always obvious to other people.

I have been told that it is likely my days of frontline policing are over, so I now have to manage what my day to day life and career will look like going forward.

You hear the phrase hidden disability banded around all the time and to be honest I never really understood it until now.  I often will appear fine to people but it’s when I get back home and close the door that I struggle.

Staffordshire Police have been extremely supportive to myself and my family, and I have had a lot of help from Brain Tumour Support which fills a massive void which can’t be met by the NHS. The charity has also given me a new lease of life by fundraising for them.

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As a Detective my passion was keeping the public safe but since I’m unlikely to return to the frontline police I am directing that passion into raising awareness and fundraising for  the charity.

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Events coming up
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Combined Services Barbarians Rugby 7s Tournament

Sunday 11th September 2022 - 12pm-6pm - Stafford RUFC

Dave is organising a special charity Rugby 7s Tournament with the support of the Combined Services Barbarians and Stafford Rugby Club. Set to be fantastic rugby and a great family day - more details to follow soon.

Past fundraising activities
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Raffles and stalls at police conferences

Dave and Rachel organised merchandise stalls and raffles at the Staffs Police Disability and Carers Network and the Police Federation Conference in May. 

Together these events raised a wonderful amount of awareness as well as almost £700.

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Elijah's sweet stall

Elijah held a sale of specially packaged bags of sweets at his school. 

His charity sweet stall sold out and raised an amazing £116.20!

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BTAM fundraising

In March 2022, for Brain Tumour Awareness Month, Dave, Rachel and Elijah raised funds to share between three brain tumour charities.
BTS were proud to attend a cheque presentation with Chief Constable Chris Noble at Staffs Police HQ, receiving a cheque for £1,762.31 - funds were raised through cake and sweet sales, raffle and Rachel even shaved her hair for sponsorship!

In the news
 
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Dave nominated for award

PC Dave Stubbs of Staffordshire Police has been nominated for the Uniformed Hero Award at the Your Heroes Awards - celebrating the unsung heroes of communities across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

www.staffordshire.police.uk/news/staffordshire/news/2022/april/officer-diagnosed-with-brain-tumour-nominated-for-local-hero-award/