The Met's annual Christmas Tree Appeal has opened virtually, for the first time since its inception nine years ago. We are once again partnered with The Childhood Trust on this campaign for the second year.

This campaign began with one tree outside New Scotland Yard being decorated with gift tags which provided information on how to buy a present for a child in care. The public were encouraged to take a tag and buy a present, which they then handed in to their local Met police stations. Officers then ensured they were distributed to children across the capital.

This year, due to Covid-19, we are having to take a different approach to help keep everyone safe while still making sure children who may otherwise not receive a gift, have something to open for Christmas.  

As such, the appeal has become completely virtual with all presents needing to be purchased in our online store.

Monetary donations can also be made via the same link, and the money raised will also be used to purchase further presents.

When the campaign closes on 16 December, all of the presents purchased online will be delivered by Met officers and colleagues from the local authorities to children aged from one-week to 17-years-old across all London boroughs. The children are currently being cared for by foster parents, in residential care homes, in refuges, in hospitals, or are children from low-income families.