PC Steve Rawson's widow 'overwhelmed' by public support
- 18 July 2013
- From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight
The widow of a police officer killed in a crash has thanked the public for their kindness after almost £18,000 was raised for her family.
PC Steve Rawson, 40, was riding an unmarked motorbike that collided with a BMW outside the Shell garage in Thomas Lewis Way, Southampton, on 3 April.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the crash, Kerry Rawson said she had been "overwhelmed" by the support.
The 36-year-old said the money would be used to help their two children.
She said in a statement: "The generosity and kindness shown by people from all over the country has brought my family comfort during this difficult time.
"I can't put into words how grateful I am, the money raised will help my children which is of great relief to me.
"Thank you so much for your kindness."
'Anything they can'
Hampshire Police Federation said almost £18,000 had been raised for the family since PC Rawson's death.
More than 1,000 officers and staff from Hampshire Constabulary signed up to donate £1 from their salaries in May.
Other funds have been raised by the sale of pin badges and through donations from across the country.
John Apter, Hampshire Police Federation chairman, said: "Setting the collection up demonstrated to me yet again that the police family and its supporters will do anything they can to help when somebody is in a time of need.
"I know that their generosity has had a significant positive impact on Steve's family."
PC Rawson, who was based in Fareham, was on duty when the crash happened although police have said he was not involved in a pursuit or responding to a 999 call.
The BMW driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries but has been discharged.