Police play Santa to young people

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Grampian Police staff and cadets have thrown themselves into the festive period, by helping out those who are less fortunate through Instant Neighbour’s Giving Tree Appeal.

The Giving Tree distributes new toys to young people across the North East of Scotland who would not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas and is vital for thousands of young people across the North East, giving them the chance to have a Happy Christmas.

This year staff at Grampian Police have put together more than 100 presents for girls and boys throughout the North East, while police cadets have assisted at Instant Neighbour in organising this years appeal.

Sgt. Gavin Davidson said: “The cadets started in August and so far have undertaken placements within the Force to gain a better understanding of the organisation’s activities.

“They have also worked with a variety of charitable organisations and I am pleased to maintain the close working relationship with Instant Neighbour’s Giving Tree appeal once again this year.

“This if yet another example of how our Cadet Programme gives young people practical team building experience but more importantly it will give them the opportunity to contribute to those in society who are less fortunate and provide them with a Merry Christmas.”

This will also provide valuable evidence for their qualification Developing Community Citizenship.

A Grampian Police staff member said: “The Giving Tree appeal is a great idea which ensures that Christmas presents reach those most in need.

“At a time of year when we are all spending money on our loved ones, I think it is important to consider others and by donating a present I am able to help out those less fortunate than my own nieces and nephews this Christmas.”

A representative from Instant Neighbour said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response from Grampian Police staff with their generosity, which will no doubt put a smile on a young person’s face somewhere in the North East.”

“On top of this the assistance of the cadets has been a great help over this festive period.”