Generous police and staff from Humberside Police raised more than £900 pounds and contributed to the 1,000 presents donated to local charity ‘Cash for Kids’ over the festive period.
A cheque was presented to the charity by Assistant Chief Constable, Alan Leaver and charity Champion, Chief Superintendent, Rick Proctor, on Thursday, 23rd January, 2014, so that the money can be given to local causes next month.
An internal and social media campaign was launched to raise awareness and support for the one in three children in our Force area who live in poverty, are victims of domestic violence or terminally ill.
Police employees contributed to the campaign through donating a brand new gift, buying a raffle ticket or giving money.
Members of the community were invited to donate a gift for a child aged between 0-17 years old and take it to one of seventeen police stations drop-off points across Hull, East Yorkshire, Northern and North East Lincolnshire, in the hope to bring a smile to a young person who may wake up on Christmas morning with nothing to open.
Presents were distributed to children throughout the region to women’s refuges, social services, women’s aid, children’s centres, charities and hospices.
Assistant Chief Constable, Alan Leaver, said: “Mission Christmas presented a great opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of many disadvantaged children who live in our local area.
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of all of our employees and the public who contributed to put a smile on a young person’s face, many of whom would have otherwise woken up on Christmas morning with nothing to open.
“I am delighted we were able to donate the money and gifts and support the charity in spreading happiness to those who are less fortunate than ourselves.”
Charlotte Pickering, Cash for Kids Executive, added: “Our partnership with Humberside Police has enabled us to help over 12,608 local children this Christmas, over 50% more than 2012’s campaign.”
“We cannot thank Humberside Police enough for their support this year, alongside providing more than 1000 presents their donation of £948.15 has enabled us to continue helping more disabled & disadvantaged children through our grant giving process.”
Picture caption: Officers from Humberside Police present a cheque for £948.15 to Cash for Kids. L to R: Cash for Kids volunteer Cheryl Wheatcroft, Chief Superintendent Rick Proctor, Charity Executive Charlotte Pickering and Assistant Chief Constable, Alan Leaver.
The vast majority of money raised came from a raffle, which was open to all employees. Raffle prizes were sourced by Cash for Kids.
The total of 1006 gifts were collected from Humberside Police stations and distributed by the charity.
About Cash for Kids
Cash for Kids is a grant giving charity, part of the Bauer Radio Charities. It gives grants to individuals and other charities working with disabled & disadvantaged children.
In 2013, the Cash for Kids East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire arm of the group raised £774,851, helping 15,589 children and throughout the UK a staggering £13 Million.