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

  • The Christmas trees will be lit on Wednesday, 6 December 2017

  • Take a tag and buy a gift for a child in the City

  • The ‘Give a Gift’ 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 second year running inviting you to bring Christmas cheer into the lives of vulnerable children and young people across the Square Mile.

On Wednesday 6 December 2017, we will be launching the City of London Police ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas Tree Project.

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.

There is also the option to donate money online to Richard House Children’s Hospice which supports children and their families in East London to lead a happy life as possible when dealing with a life-limiting health condition.

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 18 December 2017 to drop it off at The City Centre.

The Lady Mayoress Samantha Bowman will be turning on the tree lights at 5pm on Wednesday (6 December) and members of the public are invited to attend the switch-on.

City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson said: “I am hugely proud to bring the ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas Tree Project to the City of London for the second time. I also want to thank our partners, the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Business Alliance, who kindly donated the trees.

“We all know that Christmas is a time for giving and if you can, 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. I am sure that the generosity of all those who live and work in the Square Mile will mean that every child will have a present to open.”

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.”

Head of Community and Events at Richard House, Rachael Conroy, said: “Richard House Children’s Hospice is incredibly grateful to be beneficiaries of the Christmas Tree Project, in partnership with City of London Police and Cheapside Business Alliance. Your support will make a massive difference to seriously ill children and their families this Christmas. We cannot thank you enough for choosing Richard House and we look forward to working with you.”


Andrew Carter, Director of Community & Children's Services at the City of London Corporation, said: “We are very proud to continue to support this project and enable some of our most vulnerable and in need children to have a present at Christmas.”

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