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Christmas Tree Project raises hundreds of pounds for local children

  • The second year of the ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas project was highly successful

  • Over £400 was raised for charity

  • More than 100 presents were donated by people working in the City of London

Over the festive season, the City of London Police, the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Business Alliance ran the Give a Gift campaign to bring Christmas cheer into the lives of vulnerable children and young people across the Square Mile for the second year running.

Two Christmas trees, one near Bow Lane Church and one near 150 Cheapside, were adorned with gift tags directing people to the City of London Police website where they would be paired with a child who would become the recipient of their gift.

This year’s goal was to donate 75 presents towards local children but thanks to the generosity of City workers, over 100 were collected by the end.

As well as donating presents for local children, there was also the option to donate online to this year’s charity of choice, Richard House. Over £300, plus gift aid, was raised online as well as all of the money which was collected on the night of the Christmas tree light switch on.

Sergeant John Clifford, Project Lead at City of London Police, said:

We are hugely proud to bring the Give a Gift’ Christmas tree project to the City of London for a second time. We are incredibly grateful to our partners, especially the Cheapside Business Alliance and their Ambassadors, for their support and boundless enthusiasm.

“This project really is a partnership and one we’re very proud of and can hope to see again next Christmas. We are proud to deliver an exceptional policing service to the community.” 

Cheapside Business Alliance Manager, Claire Dumontier-Marriage said:

“Cheapside Business Alliance were delighted to be part of this great project for the second year running. The Cheapside community really pulled together in a short space of time and helped us to reach our goal.  

“Our thanks go to all our members and the community, including Commonwealth Bank who are outside our footprint yet supported us by donating 30 gifts, the Lady Mayoress who also kindly donated a gift and to the people who gave up their time at the end of the campaign to help wrap the presents.”

Rachael Conroy, Head of Community and Events at Richard House, said:

“Thanks so much to the team at the City of London Police and the Cheapside Business Alliance for their work on the Christmas Tree Project which raised £403.21 for Richard House Children’s Hospice. The generosity of both those who worked on the project and all of the supporters that donated to the campaign will help us to continue to provide much needed support to seriously ill children and their families from across East London.”

Andrew Carter, Director of Community & Children's Services at the City of London Corporation, said:

“The City of London Corporation is extremely proud to continue to support the ‘Give a Gift’ project and we are thrilled by its continued success in enabling some of our most vulnerable and in need children to have a present at Christmas."

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