Po­lice launch their Christ­mas ap­peal to bring fes­tive cheer

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - by Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE Metropoli­tan Po­lice in Hilling­don and across Lon­don have launched their Christ­mas ap­peal to help bring fes­tive cheer to less for­tu­nate fam­i­lies.

Last year mem­bers of the pub­lic in Hilling­don do­nated more than 900 presents, which were then de­liv­ered to chil­dren in need in the bor­ough.

This year of­fi­cers are hop­ing to smash that tar­get and bring gifts to even more young­sters who oth­er­wise might go with­out.

PC Stu­art Ken­wor­thy, who runs the project in Hilling­don, said: “We had 900 last year and we’re hop­ing for more this year.

“From the re­sponse so far I be­lieve it will be a bet­ter year.”

Supt Colin Win­grove, the bor­ough com­man­der for Hilling­don, said: “We’ve got a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity in Hilling­don who are very gen­er­ous, very sup­port­ive.

“I’m re­ally con­fi­dent we’re go­ing to get over 1,000 gifts this year.”

The scheme has also en­cour­aged school chil­dren in Hilling­don to get in­volved by hold­ing a draw­ing com­pe­ti­tion to find the per­fect il­lus­tra­tion to ad­ver­tise the ap­peal.

Win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion was nine- year-old Leah Moore from Field End Ju­nior School, in Ruislip.

Leah said win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion was ‘re­ally fun’.

She was wel­comed to Uxbridge Po­lice Sta­tion, in War­wick Place, to help of­fi­cially launch the project in the bor­ough.

To take part, mem­bers of the pub­lic can visit Hilling­don Po­lice on Face­book, or by vis­it­ing Uxbridge sta­tion and tak­ing a pledge card from the Christ­mas tree just in­side the front door.

We’ve got a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity in Hilling­don who are very gen­er­ous, very sup­port­ive”

LAUNCH TIME: Supt Colin Win­grove with com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Leah Moore

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