POLICE OFFICERS AND STAFF BRING CHRISTMAS CHEER TO VICTIMS OF CRIME

A donation from Merseyside Police Federation Charitable Trust is putting a smile on the faces of hundreds of people across the county this Christmas who have suffered financial hardship as a result of crime.

Police officers and staff are distributing 100 hampers and more than £8,000 worth of retail vouchers this week to some of Merseyside’s most vulnerable members of the community who have suffered from crime.

Police Federation Chairman Pete Singleton said: “The Charitable Trust is committed to supporting victims of crime, vulnerable people, community groups and local charities.

“Officers and staff of Merseyside Police submit applications for hampers and shopping vouchers to give to members of the community who have either been a victim of crime or endured some kind of loss or hardship as a result of crime.

“This year we’ve received more nominations than ever before and many of the stories behind them are heart breaking.  Very often a loss or hardship hits people particularly hard before Christmas. It is particularly distressing to hear how people have suffered from unfortunate or disadvantaged circumstances, which are beyond their control. The Trust is thrilled that it can help them at this time difficult time and hopefully bring them some Christmas cheer.”

The Police Federation Charity Trust is funded primarily by its members who are police officers and members of police staff. They also carry out a number of fund raising events throughout the year and have raised just over £36,000 this year.

As well as supporting victims of crime at Christmas the Trust supports many charities and groups in the Merseyside area such as the Marina Dalglish Breast Cancer Appeal, Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice in West Derby and the Stik ‘n’ Step centre in Wirral that assists children with cerebral palsy.

For more information or to give a donation please contact Collette Knox at Merseyside Police Federation on 0151 777 7510 or email:

collette.knox@merseyside.polfed.org

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