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Essex Police: Help them to brighten a vulnerable child’s Christmas

Charity / Wed 1st Dec 2021 am31 08:05am

CHRISTMAS is a time for giving and Essex Police wants to brighten Christmas for vulnerable children who may otherwise receive little or nothing.

A spokesperson said: “And we are appealing to our communities to help us make this happen by donating small gifts which we can pass on to those who will benefit the most.

Whether you want to shop online and send in your gift or bring an unwrapped present to one of our police stations, we hope we’ve made it easy for you to take part.

Last year we received more than 12,000 presents in just over a fortnight.

Chief Inspector Stephen Scott-Haynes says: “We were amazed but not surprised by the generosity of our communities. Our colleagues in Children Social Care and other local organisations helped us to select our most vulnerable children and, together, we co-ordinated delivery before Christmas.

“We will be taking donations at our police stations between 9am and 5pm if you want to deliver in person but some of our districts have also created ‘wish lists’ if you prefer to shop online.

“The past 20 months have been tough for everyone but we won’t be deterred from giving children, who would otherwise have nothing, a gift at Christmas.”

This year we are again working with partners in each district to identify those children who will most benefit from your generosity on Christmas Day.

Here’s how you can help

Buy your gift and deliver it to one of our police stations. Remember it must be unwrapped and suitable for a child from newborn up to the age of 17.

If you want to donate wrapping paper for our officers and staff to wrap your present, that would be welcome, too.

Or you can order online and get your present delivered straight to your local police officers.

For details of your district’s Christmas activities, check out the list below and click on the link to visit their Facebook page or other weblink which will have details of what they are doing, plus their deadline.

Basildon           www.facebook.com/EPBasildon

Basildon Police Station SS14 1EJ – open 9am to 5pm seven days a week

Braintree           www.facebook.com/EPBraintree 

Braintree Police Station CM7 3DJ – open 9am to 5pm seven days a week

Brentwood        www.facebook.com/EPBrentwood

                        Brentwood Town Hall CM15 8AY – open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

Castle Point      www.facebook.com/EPCastlePoint

Chelmsford       www.facebook.com/EPChelmsford

Chelmsford Police Station CM1 1NF

Colchester        www.facebook.com/EPColchester

Colchester Police Station CO3 3BU – open 9am to 5pm seven days a week

Epping Forest   www.wonderful.org/fundraisers/302

Epping Civic Offices CM16 4BZ – open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday

To keep up to date with our activity in the Epping Forest District, visit wwww.facebook.com/EPEppingForest 

Harlow              www.facebook.com/EPHarlow

Harlow Police Station CM20 1HG – open 9am to 5pm seven days a week

Maldon             www.facebook.com/EPMaldon

Rochford          www.facebook.com/EPRochford

Southend          www.facebook.com/EPSouthend

Southend Police Station SS2 6ES – open 9am to 5pm seven days a week

Tendring           www.facebook.com/EPTendring

Clacton Police Station CO15 1ET – open 9am to 5pm seven days a week

Thurrock           https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/giveagift

To keep up to date with our activity in Thurrock, visit wwww.facebook.com/EPThurrock

Uttlesford          www.facebook.com/EPUttlesford

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