Christmas gifts for Hounslow’s looked after children

Hounslow Council has teamed up with the Met Police to ensure that children in care across Hounslow receive a special Christmas present this year.

Published: Friday, 14th December 2018

Image of Mayor of Hounslow Samia Chaudhary with Police officers.

Hounslow Council has teamed up with the Met Police to ensure that children in care across Hounslow receive a special Christmas present this year.

Christmas is the time of year that is mostly associated with children unwrapping presents on Christmas morning and receiving the gift they had written to Santa or asked him for during their trip to his grotto. However some children’s Christmas mornings can unfortunately look a little different with no presents waiting under the Christmas tree.

This year’s Met’s Christmas Tree Appeal was launched early November and will see trees lit up outside police stations and in other public places to spread festive cheer.

As part of the campaign, hundreds of unwrapped presents were donated by residents across the borough to provide gifts to children who may otherwise not have received one last Christmas. This year 260 gifts were delivered to Hounslow Civic Centre.

All gifts will be delivered by social workers who will be spending the week leading to Christmas travelling through Hounslow and as far as Manchester to the looked after children in our care in time for Christmas Day.

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Youth Services, Hounslow Council, said:

“Every year this amazing appeal touches the hearts of all our children in care and its humbling to see the generosity from residents and business across the borough.

“I would like to thank all those who have donated and I would like to thank the Metropolitan Police for supporting children who are looked after by Hounslow.”

Sergeant Dave Turtle, Hounslow Police Station, said:

"Christmas is a time for giving and who more worthy of receiving that generosity than children in care who can find this season difficult. We are grateful to all those who have taken part in the campaign to spread some Christmas cheer.”

If you wish to donate, or find out about this year’s appeal visit, www.met.police.uk/christmastree

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