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Met Police launches appeal to give Christmas gifts to children across the capital

PUBLISHED: 12:57 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:57 10 November 2016

Sir Bernard with X-Factor star Fleur East

Sir Bernard with X-Factor star Fleur East

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X-Factor star Fleur East kicked off the campaign on Wednesday evening

The Metropolitan Police has launched its biggest-ever charity campaign to give thousands of children across the capital a special Christmas present.

On Wednesday evening, singer and X-Factor star Fleur East joined met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to kick off the appeal by lighting up the Christmas tree lights outside Hyde Park police station.

Londoners are being encouraged to give a gift by taking a tagged ribbon from a tree in their borough or at Hyde Park police station and following the instructions on the tag.

They can also visit the online virtual Met Christmas tree at http://www.met.police.uk/christmastree or visit the Just Giving webpage at www.justgiving.com/metxmastree

The gifts will be given to children aged from one week to 17 years and benefit those in care across all London boroughs.

All gifts will be delivered to the children at their care homes before Christmas Day.

Sir Bernard commented: “Christmas is a time for giving and who more worthy of receiving that generosity, then children in care who can find this season difficult.

“We are grateful to all those who took part in last year’s campaign to spread some Christmas cheer and we hope to do the same this year.”

Fleur East said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for all of us to give something back to local looked after children, I urge everyone to get involved, pledge a gift and make a difference to a child this Christmas.”

Last year’s event led to 11,360 gifts being given to children across London.

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