Havering Police support children in need and the elderly with festive gifts

PUBLISHED: 14:33 27 December 2017

The campaign launched when the Christmas tree lights outside outside the Met's new HQ on Victoria Embankment were turned on. Photo: London Metropolitan Police

The campaign launched when the Christmas tree lights outside outside the Met's new HQ on Victoria Embankment were turned on. Photo: London Metropolitan Police


Havering police officers delivered more than 600 presents to children and 50 hampers for the elderley as part of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Christmas Tree Gift Appeal.

The appeal resulted in more than 13,000 gifts being given to children across London, who may otherwise not have received one this festive season.

The charity campaign was launched in November by Met Commissioner Cressida Dick. She was joined by the Met’s Christmas poster competition winner, 10-year-old, Lavinia Zimarino from Sutton, to start the campaign, by turning on the Christmas tree lights outside the Met’s new HQ, New Scotland Yard on Victoria Embankment.

Commissioner Cressida Dick told the Recorder: “At this time of giving and festivities, we have the opportunity to spread a little joy and Christmas cheer to those children in need.

“Since our Christmas Tree appeal launched, we have seen a huge amount of generosity and goodwill of officers, staff and fellow Londoners, making sure we can deliver presents to children and young people who may not otherwise get a gift this Christmas.

“My warmest thanks go to all those who donated and the staff and volunteers involved in delivering the presents.”

The gifts were given to children aged from one-week to 17-years-old, and benefit those in need across all London boroughs.

These children are currently being cared for by foster parents, in residential care homes, in refuges, in hospitals, or are children from low income families.

In addition, more than £18,700 was donated by 597 supporters from a mixture of individuals, including groups and businesses from all over London.

Donations were also made to various charities to help assist victims of crime and children in refuges.

For example, officers from Wandsworth delivered 1,100 presents, including 300 to the children’s ward at St George’s Hosital and officers in Southwark held a gift giving event with the cadets dressed as elves.

The Christmas Tree Project has been an annual event since 2012, with trees being lit up outside police stations and in other public places in all 32 London boroughs to ensure more children in need have a present to open in time for Christmas Day.

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