Star-studded launch for Met’s children in care Christmas gift appeal

Met Police boss Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe last night launched the force’s biggest-ever charity event to help children in care across London this Christmas.

He was joined outside Hyde Park police station by former X Factor runner-up and singer of hit song “Sax”, Fleur East, as well as other special guests.

The aim of the “Christmas Tree Project” is to ensure that children who are in care across London have a Christmas gift delivered to them in time for December 25th.

You can contribute a gift by taking a tagged ribbon from a tree at your borough police station – or at Hyde Park police station. There are instructions on the tag for you to follow.

The suggested spend is no more than £20. Last year over 11,000 gifts were given to children via the project.

You could also donate money online if you prefer by following this link:

“Christmas is a time for giving and who more worthy of receiving that generosity, than children in care who can find this season difficult,” said Sir Bernard.

“We are grateful to all those who took part in last year’s campaign to spread some Christmas cheer and we hope to do the same this year.”

And Fleur East added: “I am so pleased to be supporting and joining Commissioner Hogan-Howe’s Metropolitan Police Christmas Tree project this year.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for all of us to give something back to local looked after children, I urge everyone to get involved, pledge a gift and make a difference to a child this Christmas.”


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