In 1975 two Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) officers escorted a group of widows on a weekend trip to London and during the trip, sought help from the City of London Police Federation. Two years later, the same RUC officers organised a similar trip and the City of London Police Federation again assisted with their visit. The federation also began fundraising to help with the cost of the trip.
In 1994 the Rupert Fund obtained charitable status. The Duchess of Kent is Patron of the Fund and The Lord Mayor of the City of London is the President.
The Rupert Fund, administered by the City of London Police Federation, was born in the 1970s when a long-standing relationship with the former Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) of Northern Ireland began. The federation started to assist the widows and bereaved mothers of RUC officers when visiting London.
The Rupert Fund now supports an annual five-day visit for widows and bereaved mothers of officers of the RUC and Police Service of Northern Ireland.
The Rupert Fund only continues to exist because of the support and voluntary contributions it receives from the British police service and its many friends and supporters.