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12 Dec 2017 14:36 PM

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Northumbria Police Volunteer Police Cadets in Sunderland visited a local care home last week as part of Project Christmas.

Launched earlier this year Project Christmas is an initiative run by the force’s Volunteer Police Cadets that has seen them wrap small gifts into shoeboxes that they will now deliver to residential homes and sheltered accommodation across the force area.

And, last week Sunderland cadets visited The Barnes Care Home where they gave out the shoe boxes, played a quiz with the residents and had a mince pie and chat.

Residents at the home were thrilled with the visit and sent the cadets a thank you card thanking them for the lovely gifts.

Sunderland Cadet Leader Kirsty Pitchford said: “The cadets really enjoyed the visit and spending time with the residents there, it was great for everyone to get in the festive spirit. One of our cadets came along with her assistance dog, who went down great with the residents!”.

Volunteer Police Cadets across the force area are making visits to residential homes and sheltered accommodation across the force to deliver shoeboxes after spending a weekend wrapping in excess of 170 boxes around 50 visits scheduled.

Northumbria Police’s operation lead for Volunteering T/Ch Supt Sarah Pitt has given the initiative her full support.

She said: “I’m very proud of the work the cadets have done and would like to thank all those who gave up their own time to help wrap the presents, including the brownies, guides and fire service cadets who also assisted in our Project Christmas.”

Sunderland cadets will be Grace House on Thursday night at St Andrew's Church in Roker and on Friday they will be at a 'knit and natter' group at Mind Washington where they will be collecting trauma teddies and taking mince pies.

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