The Christmas Tree Project - it's a wrap!

14 Dec 2016 09:53 AM

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Last week officers in Newcastle and Gateshead thanked the public for helping to raise more than £3,000 in donations and more than 1,000 presents as part of their Christmas Tree Project.

Now, they are appealing for help to wrap the project up in time for Christmas, literally!

The project was launched mid-November with the aim of providing

gifts and presents for vulnerable children living in Newcastle and Gateshead. The original plan was to run it until December 12th, in the hope of getting around 250 presents, however the initiative was so successful that officers had to conclude the project earlier than planned as they had received more than four times the original target.

Now police need the public's help to make sure all the presents are wrapped in time for the big day and are running a two day Christmas wrapping event at Etal Lane police station.

Members of the public who want to help officers wrap the gifts can go to and sign up to take part in one of the sessions being held between 11am and 6pm on Saturday, December 17, and Sunday, December 18.

There are limited one hour slots available for people to come and help wrap and further details can be found on the event page.

Once signed up volunteers come to Etal Lane police station for their allocated time where they will be greeted by staff and taken to a wrapping station.

We will provide the wrapping paper and sticky tape etc. so you don't need to bring anything except your Christmas cheer, wrapping talents and enthusiasm!

Newcastle and Gateshead Chief Superintendent Neil Hutchison said:

"We want to thank everyone again for all of their generous donations and support for the project. It's been truly amazing and thanks to your help we will manage to brighten the Christmas of a lot of very vulnerable children across Newcastle and Gateshead.

"On behalf of the force and everyone involved in the Christmas Tree Project, I want to wish you all a merry Christmas and say a huge thank you for all of your help and support."

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