Merseyside Police's very own crew of elves will be giving Father Christmas a helping hand today, Monday 12 December, as we deliver the proceeds of our Christmas Tree Project to children across Merseyside.
The project saw members of the public, officers and staff donate suitable gifts at various police stations, which have now been collected and will be delivered to children between the ages of two and 17 in care homes across Merseyside, and to children who have lost a parent. Each person donating was allocated a child to buy for, to make sure each one gets the perfect present.
The response from the public and staff has been overwhelming and Chief Constable Andy Cooke was joined by his Chief Officers at Police Headquarters this morning to gather the gifts together before Merseyside Police’s sleigh flies them to their destinations.
The Chief Constable said: “I would like to thank the many companies, members of our communities and our staff who have given their time and effort to this wonderful project. It is humbling to see the response. Donating presents in such a way is the true spirit of Christmas, with every small gesture making this time of year better for those children in our communities who might otherwise go without.
“We believe that every child deserves to receive a present but some could wake up to nothing on Christmas morning.
“This simple, altruistic idea will make a real difference and everyone involved should be really proud that their generosity is making a child's Christmas better."
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “This is such a simple idea, but one that will make the world of difference to a child who may otherwise have been waking up on Christmas morning with nothing waiting for them under the tree.
“Even a small gesture can make a huge difference at Christmas and, thanks to the generosity and thoughtfulness of the officers and staff of Merseyside Police and all those who offered to buy gifts, these children will instead be experiencing some festive cheer this year.
“I would like to thank everyone involved with this fantastic project and all those who gave so kindly – this is what Christmas is all about.”
Image: Left to right: ACC Julie Cooke, DCC Carl Foulkes, Chief Constable Andy Cooke, ACC Ian Critchley, ACC Nikki Holland, and Director of Resources Mr Geoff Broadhead