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.

“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 christmasgift@met.police.uk 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.