Scotland Yard launches Christmas gifts appeal for Westminster children
The head of the Metropolitan Police has launched a festive appeal so children in care in Westminster this Christmas can get the gift they’ve been wishing for.
A giant Christmas wish-list has been drawn up by the Met and Westminster Council after they asked children in foster care and residential care homes what they are wishing for.
One two-year-old boy has asked for a set of wooden building bricks, a four-year-old girl wants ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ to read and one 18-month-old girl wants a teddy or doll.
Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, said: “This is a simple idea in the spirit of Christmas. A child in need can be helped by a simple gift from someone they have never met.
“That person gains no recognition other than knowing they have shown some care for a child that needs a little more love than most.
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“I do hope people will feel able to support the Met Christmas Tree appeal.”
Cllr Angela Harvey, The Lord Mayor of Westminster, said: “Christmas is a wonderful time for children and grown-ups alike, and think of the joy that a simple gift will bring to a child who will be spending it away from their family.
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“I hope many Londoners will join with us in giving a gift of kindness.”
To donate a gift, which will be for children aged from one week to 17 years, take a tag from the newly-lit Christmas tree outside New Scotland Yard and present it to the security team, who will tell you one gift from the list. Simply buy that gift, for a suggested maximum spend of �20, and return it, unwrapped, to the security team.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a gift request, and then do as above.
All of the gifts will be delivered to the children at their Christmas party on December 8, organised by Westminster Council.