The Christmas Tree Project
24 Nov 2016 11:49 AM[View Full Size]
Police in Newcastle and Gateshead are launching the 'Christmas Tree Project'.
Police Officers, Special Constables and Police Cadets from Central Area Command have come together in order to launch the force's first ever Christmas Tree Project.
The initiative aims to provide gifts and presents for vulnerable children living in Newcastle and Gateshead.
Christmas trees will be placed in public areas at Forth Banks, Byker, Gateshead and Etal Lane police stations and will be decorated with tags representing vulnerable children living in Newcastle and Gateshead.
Officers, staff and members of the public can then select a tag and purchase a present specifically for their nominated child up to the value of £10. They then hand the present in (unwrapped) to front office staff at one of the stations.
Anyone who wishes to contribute to the scheme without attending a police station can donate money online at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/volunteers-northumbriapolice
The closing date for gifts and donations is December 12th.
The money raised will be spent on gifts and those, and the presents donated, will then be given to children at Christmas party that is being organised by Newcastle City Council's fostering team.
Newcastle and Gateshead Chief Superintendent Neil Hutchison said: "I've only recently taken over the role as Chief Superintendent for Central Area Command and was keen to get the Christmas Tree Project underway. It's modelled on a project run in London by the Met police which has been hugely successful in getting presents to children who are in need of extra help and care.
"It was a great success in Southwark, my previous command in London, thanks to the efforts of that Cadet unit so I’m really pleased that the Central Command Cadets have been so keen to run the project here. They have come up with new ideas to make it an even bigger success.
"Our scheme is led by the Special Constables and Police Cadets here in Newcastle and Gateshead and they volunteer a lot of their own time to serve their communities and now we are asking for the public's help to help make sure that every identified child in Newcastle and Gateshead gets a present this year.
"So please pop into the police stations and donate a present, or what ever money you can, and help us to try and make Christmas that little bit better for these children."
Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC said: "The Chistmas Tree Project is a fantastic idea and I would urge as many people as possible to take part and donate whatever they can to the cause. Some children will wake up on Christmas day without any toys which is why our volunteers and staff are so passionate about supporting this project."
Special Constables and Police Cadets will be running a series of money raising events for the project in the lead up to Christmas - follow @NpNewcastle and @NpGateshead for information.