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Assistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland and Lady Mayoress Wendy Parmley launching Christmas Tree ProjectAssistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland and Lady Mayoress Wendy Parmley

The City of London Police ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas Tree Project has launched

Wednesday 7 December saw the lights of the City of London Police ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas tree officially switched on – signalling the launch of our campaign to give vulnerable children and young people in the Square Mile a gift to open on Christmas morning.

The ceremony started with carols sung by the City Academy Islington school choir. Cheapside Business Alliance chairman, Anne O’Neill, welcomed everyone to the switch-on ceremony before handing over to City of London Police Assistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland.

Assistant Commissioner Sutherland commented: “I know I speak for everyone from the City of London Police when I say, how hugely proud I am that we, in partnership with the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Business Alliance, have brought the ‘Give a Gift’ Christmas Tree Project to the City of London for the first time.”

The honour of turning the lights on went to Lady Mayoress Wendy Parmley who spoke of her delight at attending the ceremony and complimented the school choir for their excellent performance before turning on the lights.

So far 36 people have already signed up on our website and will be soon receiving details of the child they will be buying a gift for.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far! If you haven’t yet taken a tag, the tree will be on Bow Church Yard until Wednesday 14 December.



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