All wrapped up for Xmas party
22 Dec 2016 07:38 AM[View Full Size]
Police were joined by festive spirited members of the public over the weekend to wrap over 1,000 Christmas presents for vulnerable children in Newcastle and Gateshead.
107 people of all ages from all across the area came into Etal Lane police station over the weekend to help police officers, staff, cadets and special constables wrap all of the presents that had been donated by the public for the Christmas Tree Project.
The sessions were held between 11am and 6pm on both days and some people managed the full seven hour wrapathons on both days!
All of the presents will now be given out to vulnerable children at a specially organised party in Newcastle on Thursday, December 22.
The presents were all donated by generous members of the public, police officers and police staff as part of the Christmas Tree Project.
The project was launched mid-November with the aim of providing gifts and presents for vulnerable children living in Newcastle and Gateshead.
The original aim was to raise around 250 presents, however the initiative proved to be hugely successful and officers ended up getting around 1,000 gifts.
Around £3,000 was also raised through a just giving page and this money will pay for the party and more presents and essentials for the children.
Newcastle and Gateshead Chief Superintendent Neil Hutchison said: "We have again been blown away by the kindness and generosity of the public. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this project from start to finish and we are going to do all we can to make sure these children have a Christmas they won't forget."