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This festive season, the City of London Police, the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Business Alliance are inviting you to bring a little more Christmas cheer into the lives of vulnerable children across the Square Mile.

On Wednesday 7 December, in partnership with the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Business Alliance, we will be launching the City of London Police ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas Tree Project.

Until Wednesday 14 December there will be a ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas tree on Bow Church Yard, off Cheapside. But instead of being adorned with tinsel and baubles there will be tags directing you to the City of London Police website where you can sign up and ensure that every child in the City has a present to open on Christmas Day.

The City of London Corporation’s Social Care and Early Help teams currently provide help, support and care to 69 children and young people from newborn babies through to young adults, including children with disabilities. It is the aim of City of London Police, the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Business Alliance that every one of them has a gift waiting for them on Christmas morning.

To take part, all you need to do is take a tag from the tree and follow the instructions. Once you have signed up on our website, you will then receive an email telling you a little bit about the recipient of your generous gift.

If you are unable to give a gift but want to get involved another way, you can also make a donation to the City of London Police Children’s Charity via the City of London Police Just Giving page.

The Lady Mayoress Wendy Parmley will be turning on the tree lights at 5pm on Wednesday 7 December and members of the public are invited to attend the switch-on.

City of London Police Commissioner Ian Dyson said: “I am hugely proud to bring the ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas Tree Project to the City of London for the first time. I also want to thank our partners the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Business Association, who kindly donated the tree.

“We all know that Christmas is a time for giving and if you can, please take a tag and add one more present to your shopping list for a child in need of help and protection, or those in care. I am sure that the generosity of all those who live and work in the Square Mile will mean that every child will have a present to open.”

Ade Adetosoye,  Director of Community & Children’s Services at the City of London Corporation, said: “We are proud to serve our children and families in need of help and protection here in the City. This is an excellent project to make sure every child has a present at Christmas.”

Cheapside Business Alliance Manager, Claire Dumontier-Marriage said: “I know I speak for all members of the Cheapside Business Alliance when I say how proud I am to support this initiative. I am sure that the Cheapside community will fully support this project.

“Partnership working is at the heart of how the City operates and it is great to see how the Alliance, City of London Police and the Corporation have come together to help make Christmas a special time of year for every child.”