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Police Christmas gift appeal returns for children in Fenland

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It’s just over six weeks until Christmas and Fenland residents are being asked to support their community by donating gifts to local children in need.

Each year, for various reasons, there are children who will wake up on Christmas Day with nothing to open.

Social services teams work hard to provide a gift to all the children they work with but this isn’t possible without help from members of the public.

Inspector Ian Lombardo with the toys donated by people across Fenland Christmas 2020.
Inspector Ian Lombardo with the toys donated by people across Fenland Christmas 2020.

Inspector Ian Lombardo, from the Fenland Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “I’m pleased to announce we are able to run our Christmas toy appeal this year, when more families are finding themselves facing hardship.

“My team and I want to do all we can to make sure as many children as possible in Fenland have a present on Christmas Day.

“Past appeals have been extremely well supported by the community but I appreciate this year has been tough for a lot of people. Therefore if you are in a position where you can make a donation, please consider doing so”.

The appeal will run from Monday (15 November) through to Friday, 10 December, with donations being accepted at either March or Wisbech police stations. Due to work at Wisbech station, March is the preferable drop off point, but donations will still be welcomed at Wisbech.

Last year there were lots of donations delivered to March Police station via online websites such as Amazon and Argos. If you wish to make a donation in this way, simply put the delivery name as Inspector Ian Lombardo.

If you are dropping off a donation at either of the stations please make sure that they are sealed within a carrier bag or bin bag.

Insp Lombardo added: “We won’t be accepting donations any later than December 10 this year in order to put safety measures in place, such as sanitising items and keeping them isolated before being passed to their recipients.

“To help minimise the spread of Covid-19, we are requesting that only new items are donated to the appeal and that presents are not wrapped. The only second-hand items that can be considered are electricals such as games consoles and tablets, which can easily be wiped down and disinfected”.

Donations could be toys, puzzles, arts and craft sets, board games, sports equipment such as footballs, reading books, colouring books, male and female toiletry sets or beauty sets such as nail polish and make-up.

The age range is from birth to 11 plus.

Last year, a five-year-old girl was incredibly grateful to receive a box of colouring pens, pencils and a set of ear muffs. The little girl drew a thank you picture for whoever had donated her presents and her parents couldn’t get her to take the ear muffs off until the spring.

Insp Lombardo said: “Each year I have been completely overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the Fenland community. Your donations will go directly to children in the local area, so thank you in advance for your help and support.

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