Christ­mas cheer for kids in care

Met Po­lice launches present ap­peal

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper

THE Met Po­lice has launched its big­gest ever char­ity drive to en­sure thou­sands of chil­dren in care across the cap­i­tal re­ceive a Christ­mas present this year.

The Christ­mas Tree Project will see trees placed out­side po­lice sta­tions in all 32 Lon­don bor­oughs with tagged rib­bons at­tached.

Lon­don­ers are be­ing urged to take a rib­bon and fol­low the in­struc­tion on it, so that they can do­nate a present to a child who may oth­er­wise go with­out.

Also, this year’s cam­paign will al­low peo­ple to do­nate money in­stead of giv­ing a gift by vis­it­ing a just­giv­ing page, or visit a vir­tual Christ­mas tree if un­able to get to a po­lice sta­tion.

It fol­lows the suc­cess of last year’s cam­paign, where 6,840 gifts were given to chil­dren across Lon­don.

Met Com­mis­sioner, Sir Bernard Ho­gan-Howe launched this year’s event by switch­ing on the Christ­mas tree lights out­side New Scot­land Yard on Tues­day, Novem­ber 10, and was joined by 10-year-old school­girl Daisy Har­risonCon­stan­tinides from East Lon­don, win­ner of the Met’s Christ­mas Tree Cam­paign poster de­sign com­pe­ti­tion along with run­ners up.

The launch also in­cluded a per­for­mance by the chil­dren’s choir from West­min­ster City School who sang carols to the crowd.

The com­mis­sioner said: “Christ­mas is a time for giv­ing and who more wor­thy of re­ceiv­ing that gen­eros­ity, then chil­dren in care who can find this sea­son dif­fi­cult.

“The MPS is grate­ful to all those who took part in last year’s cam­paign to spread some Christ­mas cheer and we hope to do the same this year.”

Presents will be given to young peo­ple up to 17 years old who are be­ing cared for by foster par­ents or are in res­i­den­tial care homes. The sug­gested max­i­mum spend on a present is £20.

To see the on­line vir­tual Met Christ­mas tree go to w w w. m e t . p o l i c e . u k / christ­mas­tree and ti do­nate money to the cause go to www.just­giv­ing.com/ metx­mas­tree/ The presents will be de­liv­ered on Christ­mas Day.

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