Met Police bring Christmas cheer to local children

18 December 2019

Brent children who might not get Christmas presents this year will receive gifts thanks to generous donations from local residents and the FA as part of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's Christmas Tree Project.

Local police officers, volunteer police cadets and representatives from the FA visited the Civic Centre this week to donate Christmas gifts to hundreds of vulnerable Brent children, children in care and struggling families.

Members of the public and local businesses can donate money to the Metropolitan Police to enable them to buy gifts, or buy gifts for children themselves, as part of the project which helps to provide presents to children who may not receive one. This year, the FA also cleared out their closets and added hundreds of items to the tally.

Now in its fifth year in Brent, these gifts will be distributed to children before Christmas Day.

The Deputy Leader, Cllr Maggie McLennan was joined by the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Lia Colacicco and Brent Council's Director of Children's Services, Gail Tolley who all met the officers in front of the Christmas tree in the foyer to receive the gifts.

Cllr Mili Patel, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding, Early Help and Social Care, said:

"Christmas can be a hard time for children and young people for lots of reasons.  This initiative will make a huge difference to those who may not have received presents and I'd like to thank the Metropolitan Police for their support once again. 

 "I'd also like to say a huge thank you to our neighbours the FA for their generous gifts this year. It's great to see different communities and organisations coming together to provide gifts and support to those who need it most."

Anthony Angol, Community and CSR Manager at the FA Group said: "Supporting this project has brought delight to many of the staff at the FA. It's been a pleasure to be part of such an amazing and heart-warming scheme."

For more information about the scheme, please contact


Deputy Mayor in front of large Christmas tree and gifts