Could you help to make a child’s Christmas?

1 December 2017


Waltham Forest residents are being asked to donate Christmas presents to children in foster care, hospitals, care homes and refuges and those from low income families. 

Gifts will be distributed by the Metropolitan Police’s Christmas Tree Project, which delivers presents to less well-off children across the capital. Waltham Forest residents can request their present goes to a local child.

Waltham Forest Borough Commander Richard Tucker said:

Our Christmas Tree Project gets bigger every year and, this year, we want to ensure hundreds more vulnerable children across Waltham Forest receive presents. I know there is so much goodwill in our community and I hope people will again give generously.”

Organisers have chosen a poster by a 9-year-old pupil a pupil from St Mary’s Catholic Primary in Chingford to advertise this year’s appeal in Waltham Forest. The drawing by Lily Murray shows children gathered around a Christmas tree. 

Cllr Grace Williams, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“I think Lily’s lovely design really sums up how important Christmas is to children and I hope  residents will dig deep to help give youngsters living in difficult circumstances an extra special time this year.”

The Met’s Christmas tree appeal is now in its fourth year and trees are being lit up outside police stations and other public places across all the London boroughs.

So far, almost 100 presents have been donated across the capital. Last year more than 17,000 gifts were given to children across London and more than £20,000 was donated on JustGiving to go towards presents for children who might not otherwise receive one.

How you can donate a gift: 

You can take a gift to Chingford Police station, Kings Head Hill, London E4 7EA or visit the online virtual Met Christmas tree at

Alternatively, you can donate money by visiting the Just Giving webpage at:

The gifts will be for children aged from one-week to 17-years-old and it’s suggested you spend no more than £20 on a gift. All presents will be delivered to the children before Christmas Day.