The Gurney Fund

I am proud to say I had the pleasure of serving with Hampshire Constabulary for many years.  I was a Special Constable for 5 years whilst at University and fell on love with Policing so much I decided to become a regular officer.  Unfortunately during my service I was diagnosed with a life threatening allergy which eventually caused me to have anaphylaxis whilst on duty some years later.  To say I was heartbroken would be an understatement.  Imagine loving your job, a job like no other, which is suddenly taken from you.  I am forever grateful to be alive however I was not prepared for such a dramatic exit.

Following medical retirement from the Police Force, my family and I received wonderful support from The Gurney Fund.  The fund provides support relating to education and development for the children of Police Officers of subscribing Police Forces where a parent has died or been medically retired.  There are no words to express my gratitude to the wonderful officers who contribute to the Gurney Fund; we will forever be grateful, thank you so much.  

Izzy and Ollie books are produced on a small scale and as such are costly to produce.  We think the books should be accessible to everyone and therefore keep the cost of the book down to ensure as many children read them as possible hence there is not much generated in the way of profit.  Residue funds go back into the production of more books.  However we would very much like to support The Gurney Fund, as such we would like to donate 10% of any profits to this amazing cause.  I only wish I could help more.  For more information about The Gurney Fund and the amazing work they do please click on the link below.


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About us

Izzy and Ollie is a new Children's Safety Education project which was inspired when 2 and a half year old Isabelle called an ambulance for her Mum when she experienced a life threatening allergic reaction. The incident made Joanne consider how wonderful it would be if all young children could be educated about emergency situations. To simply learn their full name, age and address as early as possible (as her 1st book illustrates) could be highly beneficial not only to themselves, but it could also contribute to help save other people’s life. The books follow characters Izzy and Ollie who find themselves entangled in various situations. They encompass Child Safety issues together with simple courses of action that children could learn and replicate should they ever find themselves in the same situation.

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