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Help make this Christmas special for children and young people in the City

The ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas trees lights will be turned on by the Lady Mayoress on Wednesday 4 December at 5pm in Bow Church Yard
Take a tag from our special trees and buy a gift for a vulnerable child in the City
The Christmas trees will be located in Bow Church Yard and outside of 150 Cheapside for one week


This festive season, the City of London Police, the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Business Alliance are, for the fourth year running, inviting you to bring Christmas cheer into the lives of vulnerable children and young people across the Square Mile. Today (Wednesday 4 December 2019), we will be launching the City of London Police ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas Tree Project. 


Commander Evans, from the City of London Police, said: 

“We’re delighted to come together with the Cheapside Business Alliance, as well as our partners at the City of London Corporation, to be a part of this wonderful campaign for a fourth year running. 

“This campaign can help make sure every child has a special time at Christmas and you can play your part. If you’re able to, please take a tag and add one more present to your shopping list for a child in need of help and protection, or those in care.” 


The ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas trees will be located in Bow Church Yard and outside of 150 Cheapside for one week. However, instead of being adorned with tinsel and baubles there will be tags directing you to the City of London Police website where you can sign up and ensure that every child in the City has a present to open on Christmas Day. 


Cheapside Business Alliance Manager, Claire Dumontier-Marriage said: 

“I know I speak for all members of the Cheapside Business Alliance when I say how proud I am to support this initiative. I am sure that the Cheapside community will fully support this project.   

“Partnership working is at the heart of how the City operates and it is great to see how the Alliance, City of London Police and the Corporation have come together to help make Christmas a special time of year for every child.”


To take part, all you need to do is take a tag from the tree and follow the instructions. Once you have signed up on our website, you will then receive an email telling you a little bit about the recipient of your generous gift.  Once you have chosen your gift you have until Monday 16 December to drop it off at The City Centre


Randall Anderson, Chairman of the City Corporation’s Community and Children Services Committee, said:

“I am proud of the continued generosity of our local businesses and communities in supporting this project meaning our most vulnerable and in need children can have a present at Christmas.”


To mark the launch, the Lady Mayoress will be turning on the tree lights at 5pm today and members of the public are invited to attend the switch-on.

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