As the festive season rolls around, we are excited to be working in partnership once more with the Metropolitan Police Service for their Christmas Tree Project. This is our second year of involvement in this project after an amazing success last year. Thanks to generous donations made by you, we collected 11,000 presents and £9,000 in donations, and we are on track to have even more success this year. This means that children across London who would otherwise not have received a gift are able to have a brighter Christmas.
This is an amazing project that we are lucky to support. Every Christmas the staff at the Metropolitan Police Service work hard to get gifts to children in hospitals, those in care or those who are victims of crime. We were pleased to attend the official launch along with Fleur East, Commander Mak Chishty and Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner, especially to celebrate his last year in leading this campaign. (Pictured Claire Hubberstey, our Chief Executive, at the launch event.)
Due to the huge success of the project so far this year we are able, for the first time, to offer the young women we support through our Empower programme a gift from the donations given, we thank the generosity of the public and the MPS for this. Our Empower programme works with young women across London who have been affected sexual exploitation or violence. If you would like to find out more about the Empower programme and the vital work that our team does then please take a look at our Empower page.
If you are interested in donating a gift to a child in your borough then please visit the Metropolitan Police Service website and you will be allocated a child to buy for.
If you are unable to find the time to do some Christmas shopping but would still like to help out then you are able to give a monetary donation on the Just Giving page. Last year the money donated meant that the Metropolitan Police were able to buy even more presents for children across the London boroughs.
Here are some of the pictures from the children’s artwork competition, click to enlarge.