(LONDON) MET #Christmas Report: More than 17,000 vulnerable children living in London will wake up to a present beneath their Christmas tree this year, thanks to the Met’s annual Christmas Tree Appeal #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.25: It’s the season of goodwill and Londoners did not disappoint with their generosity towards our 2021 appeal, which drew to a close on Thursday, 23 December.

#AceDailyNews MET UPDATE Annual Christmas Tree Appeal Report: A whopping 17,276 presents have been delivered to children, who would have otherwise received nothing, in time for Christmas – and that’s all thanks to you….This year was extra special as the Met marks 10 years of this important appeal.

24 December 2021 10:00

The majority of presents purchased this year have now been delivered by employees from local authorities all over London, with support from officers and Met volunteers, and in a ‘Covid secure’ manner.

Yesterday, the Commissioner visited social workers in Bexley as they wrapped gifts ready to deliver to children in the borough.

Commissioner Cressida Dick, said: “The Christmas Tree Appeal is a cause very close to my heart and I am hugely grateful to everyone who donated this year, especially given the trying times we have all faced during the pandemic.

“No child should ever have to go without and, as ever, Londoners really have rallied to support this wonderful cause and ensure Christmas is special for all children in our city. Each and every year I am truly humbled by the kindness and generosity shown by my colleagues and the public, and this year is no exception.

“Thanks to you, we can spread some festive cheer and make sure thousands of children across London, who would not have received a present at Christmas, have something special to open on the day.”

Over the past decade, kind-hearted Londoners have been donating money and buying gifts for vulnerable and disadvantaged children across the Capital’s 32 boroughs.

During that time, a staggering 133,645 Christmas presents have been delivered to children, aged from one-week to 17 years old, being cared for by foster parents, in residential care homes, refuges, hospitals or from low-income families.

Kindness goes a long way and this has certainly been the case with our appeal. Having first launched in 2011, it has only grown in popularity. In its first year, 230 gifts were gathered for London’s children and this snowballed to 22,000 gifts by 2019.

It began with one tree outside New Scotland Yard being decorated with gift tags which provided information on how to buy a present for a child in care. The public were encouraged to take a tag and buy a present, which they then handed in to their local Met police station. Officers then ensured the presents were distributed to children across the Capital.

For the past two years, due to Covid-19, we have had to do things a little differently and take the appeal online to help keep everyone safe while still making sure children have something to open for Christmas.

The Commissioner added: “I am incredibly proud of what the Met’s Christmas Tree Appeal has achieved over the past 10 years. Including 2021, we have delivered well over 130,000 gifts which is phenomenal. To think of all those smiles is a gift in itself and we couldn’t have done it without the public and our colleagues in the Childhood Trust, Local Authorities, the NHS and those who run care homes and refuges across the City. For that, I wish to express my sincere gratitude. Thank you.”

After all gifts are distributed, all remaining funds raised through the appeal will be directed to local youth projects operating essential support services for disadvantaged children and young people across all London boroughs.

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#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Dec.25: 2021:

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