John Housden

1940 - 2023


Sadly passed away in

London on Sunday the

13th August 2023.


It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and fellow Trustee John Housden. 

John joined the Board of Trustees in 2013 and he brought with him his love and knowledge of dogs, his wealth of wisdom in business and society and his warm and rich humour.

John lived life to the full, having travelled the world, caring about so many issues, and making his contribution towards the remedies.

We note his pride at being a Freeman of the City of London.

We have waited to make this sad announcement to allow time for John's family and friends across the globe to be contacted.

We send our sincere condolences to John's family, friends and colleagues. 

About Us - how it began
In April 2012 a group of volunteers decided that a 'Charity' needed to be formed to help support Retired Police Dogs (RPDs) to ensure there was financial help towards vet and welfare costs.

Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund

(ERPDF) was established.

It was agreed that:-
  • ERPDF would be independent from Essex Police
  • ERPDF would be independent from any other charity or organisation
  • All involved with ERPDF would be unpaid volunteers.
  • A group of 4-5 would form the Board of Trustees.
  • If a Trustee has a retired police dog(s) that dog(s) cannot be assisted by the Fund.
  • Serving Police Officers and/or Staff would not be permitted to hold office on the Board of Trustees - but would be welcome as volunteers and supporters.
  • All awards of financial assistance would be confidential to the Board of Trustees - unless the recipients chose to publicise.



Our Patron:-


Lady Rosemary Ruggles-Brise DL

of Finchingfield

        Lady Ruggles-Brise DL

Board of Trustees:
(January 2023)
Linda Belgrove
Elaine Michaels
Kerry Hodder
Frank Belgrove
John Housden
(Welfare Advisor)
Graham Furnival
Non Trustee
(Business Advisor)
Non Trustee
Debra Teo BVSc MRCVS
(Vet/Welfare Advisor)




Frank, Debra, Graham & John

Registered Charity No. 1158745 Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund 

© 2014 - 2023 Essex Retired Police Dogs Fund All Rights Reserved

Updated November 2023