Hampshire & Isle of Wight

PC Steve Rawson's widow 'overwhelmed' by public support

PC Steve Rawson
Image caption Kerry Rawson has said the kindness of the public has brought her family comfort

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.

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