Commander Chishty at St Thomas' Hospital
Presents outside New Scotland Yard
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The Met Police's 2014 Christmas Tree Campaign has been a resounding success, delivering Christmas presents to looked after children in all 32 London boroughs.
Almost 7,000 Londoners supported the campaign by buying gifts for children in foster care or residential care homes which were then delivered by Neighbourhood Policing Teams across London.
This year's campaign has been expanded with Christmas trees installed outside police stations, and in other public places to ensure that more children in need than ever have a present delivered to them in time for Christmas Day.
The campaign was launched in November by the Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe who switched on the Christmas tree lights outside New Scotland Yard when he said:
"This is a simple idea in the spirit of Christmas. A child in need can be helped by a simple gift from someone they have never met. That person gains no recognition other than knowing they have shown some care for a child that needs a little more love than most."
Commander Mak Chishty the Met's lead for community engagement visited a children's ward at St Thomas' Hospital on Christmas Eve to deliver presents to children who will be in hospital over the Christmas period.
He said: "I would like to thank the public for their enormous generosity which has made thousands of children very happy this Christmas."
"The campaign has really captured the public's imagination this year and has been enthusiastically supported by police officers, staff and cadets"
"The response was so good that some of our Neighbourhood Policing teams were able to deliver presents to elderly residents in care homes as well as to children in need.
"One of highlights of this year's campaign included a local construction company whose staff saw the Christmas tree outside New Scotland Yard and used their own joinery section to make large dolls houses, blackboards, toy prams and toy trucks for distribution to local children's homes and hospitals."