Commissioner launches Met Christmas Tree Appeal

12 November 2012

Commissioner and Lord Mayor of Westminster in front of the tree

The Commissioner has launched an appeal to make sure that children in care in Westminster this Christmas get the gift that’s on their wish list.

Supported by Westminster City Council, a giant Christmas wish list has been drawn up asking over children what they are wishing for this Christmas. The gifts will be for children aged from one week to 17 years.

"I do hope people will feel able to support the Met Christmas Tree appeal."

These children are currently being cared for by foster parents or are in residential care homes. One two year old boy has asked for a set of wooden building bricks, a four year girl wants ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ to read and one 18 month old girl wants a teddy or doll.

Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe 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.

"I do hope people will feel able to support the Met Christmas Tree appeal."

Councillor Angela Harvey, The Lord Mayor of Westminster, said:

“Christmas is a wonderful time for children and grown-ups alike, and think of the joy that a simple gift will bring to a child who will be spending it away from their family.

“I hope many Londoners will join with us in giving a gift of kindness.”

The Commissioner was inspired to launch the appeal after seeing a similar concept in Sheffield 30 years ago.

The Christmas lights were officially switched on Monday 12th November when the Commissioner was joined by Bruce Melizan, Executive Director of Interserve, who have donated the tree, Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Angela Harvey and James Thomas, Director of Family Services, Westminster City Council.

If you wish to donate a gift for this Christmas please take a tag from the Christmas tree outside New Scotland Yard and present it to the security team. They will then explain what a child would like as their present. All you then need to do is buy that gift, for a suggested maximum spend of £20 and bring it back, unwrapped, to the security team.

Alternatively you can email and receive your gift request via email and simply deliver your gift, unwrapped, to the security team at New Scotland Yard. 

All of the gifts will be delivered on the 8th December to the children at their Christmas party organised by Westminster City Council.