Merthyr Town Football Club, in the South Wales Valleys, issued a request for help ­­­- to collect toys for the children involved in the Grenfell Tower Disaster. The campaign, ‘Toys for Grenfell’ is one of Merthyr Town FC’s charitable actions in the wider community.

The children from Fochriw Primary School passed the Grenfell Tower on a visit to London Zoo on 15th June 2017. They were giving a presentation and receiving a national environmental award in London. The sight of the towers was very poignant for all. When the children became aware of the ‘Toys for Grenfell’ campaign it was never in doubt their commitment to the cause!

The Mini Police met with their school lead and representatives from ‘Friends of Fochriw Primary’ (the school’s fundraising team of parents/carers) to establish a plan of action. Mini Police Officers took on different roles: letter writing to requests toys, promotion in the Christmas concerts to the parents, advertising, organising the collection of the toys, recording the totals and wrapping the collection boxes!

The Mini Police of Fochriw Primary School collected a whopping seven boxes of 80 toys in total! These were collected over three days! This is a significant feat with only 115 pupils on roll at the small primary school. The Mini Police went on to personally deliver the ‘Toys for Grenfell’ to Merthyr Town Football Club.  A PCSO from Gwent Police’s Rhymney North Team attended the handover also; officers have a close partnership with Fochriw’s Mini Police.

Solidarity in Sport commented, ‘Children helping children is such a powerful thing. Teaching the younger generation to grow up with compassion is always challenging so it is brilliant to see such young children displaying immense love.’

This message of goodwill from Gwent Police’s Mini Police is a timely reminder at Christmas of the importance of kindness and how children can make a real difference!