The Met Police has launched its Christmas tree charity appeal last night, this year’s poster was designed by our poster competition winner 10 year old Anna-Rose Donegan.
Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “This is the second year that I have had the privilege of launching this amazing charity appeal which has been an annual event since 2012. Christmas is a time for giving and who more worthy of receiving that generosity than children in care, in hospital, or otherwise in need.
“Our Christmas Tree Appeal grows and grows each year showing the generosity and goodwill of officers, staff and fellow Londoners. My deepest thanks go to all those who donate and to all the children who have taken part in the poster competition.”
The gifts will be given to children aged from one-week to 17-years-old and benefits those in need across all London boroughs. The children are currently being cared for by foster parents, in residential care homes, in refuges, in hospitals, or are children from low-income families. All gifts will be delivered to the children before Christmas Day.
We are asking if you would please forward out to your members so we can get as many people behind this year’s campaign.
Londoners are encouraged to get behind the campaign and give a gift by taking a tagged ribbon from a tree on their borough(Twickenham police station) or at New Scotland Yard and following the instructions on the tag. Twickenham police station will have the Christmas tree up with some tags next week, in the meantime I have also attached the online links.
The main link to the online tree is – www.met.police.uk/christmastree just place your location in and it will take you to the page.
The public will also be able to donate online to the just giving page – www.met.police.uk/donate
This year’s charity is Embrace. Embrace Child Victims of Crime (CVoC) is the only national children’s charity solely focused on helping children and families affected by crime.
Chief Executive Officer for Embrace, Anne Campbell said: “We are thrilled to partner with The Met for their popular Christmas Tree campaign, helping Embrace put a smile on the face of even more child victims of serious crime and their families across the capital.” For more information about Embrace, please visit www.embracecvoc.org.uk
The suggested spend for gifts this year is no more than £20.
The gifts that were bought by the public in last year’s appeal, as well as monetary donations, enabled 19,000 gifts to be delivered to children across London.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact
Katherine Ivens-Barnes of the Barnes Safer Neighbourhood Team at Katherine.Ivens-Barnes@met.police.uk
Click on the poster to see it in full.