Police launch Christmas toys appeal

Mick Ferris

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

And they are appealing to communities for help in making this happen by donating small gifts which can be passed on to those who will benefit the most.

Last year police received more than 10,000 presents for the Community Christmas Giving Appeal.

Inspector Kelly Thurston said: “Our communities are always so generous with their donations to our appeal. However, we appreciate that times are tough again this year and not everyone is able to spare the cash.

“But if you are able to donate, please know that we really do appreciate each and every present we are given to pass on to some of the most vulnerable children in our county. In many cases, your present will be the only gift they receive this Christmas.

“We work with colleagues in our Children & Young People and Child Abuse Investigation teams plus Children Social Care and other local organisations partners in each district to identify those children who will most benefit from your generosity on Christmas Day.

“We’ve been running this appeal for the past few years and the kindness of our communities never fails to astound us.

“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.”

Here’s how you can help

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

Second-hand presents cannot be accepted and all donations must be unwrapped. But, if you want to donate wrapping paper for 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, which will have details of their local appeal, plus their deadline. Most have launched already, some will launch later this month.

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

Castle Point Borough Council, Kiln Road, Thundersley SS7 1TF – open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Chelmsford: visit www.facebook.com/EPChelmsford to keep up to date with police activity in the Chelmsford district

Colchester: www.facebook.com/EPColchester

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

Epping Forest: visit www.facebook.com/EPEppingForest to keep up to date with activity in the Epping Forest District – appeal details will be published here soon

Maldon: visit www.facebook.com/EPMaldon to keep up to date

Rochford: www.facebook.com/EPRochford

Faith, Hope and Charity, 39 Hedingham Place, Ashingdon Road, Rochford SS4 1TQ – open 9.30am-4pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am-1pm Saturday

Southend: www.facebook.com/EPSouthend
Southend Police Station SS2 6ES – open 9am to 5pm seven days a week

Thurrock: visit www.facebook.com/EPThurrock to keep up to date.

Mick Ferris

Editor Email: mickferris@yellowad.co.uk