Northumbria Police Volunteer Police Cadets have started delivering Christmas gifts to elderly people as part of Project Christmas.
Launched earlier this year Project Christmas is an initiative run by the force’s Volunteer Police Cadets that has seen them wrap small gifts into shoeboxes that they will now deliver to residential homes and sheltered accommodation across the force area. Just last week Sunderland cadets visited The Barnes Care Home where they gave out the shoe boxes, played a quiz with the residents and had a mince pie and chat.
Sunderland Cadet Leader Kirsty Pitchford said: “The cadets really enjoyed the visit and spending time with the residents there, it was great for everyone to get in the festive spirit. One of our cadets came along with her assistance dog, who went down great with the residents!”.
Volunteer Police Cadets across the force area are making visits to residential homes and sheltered accommodation across the force to deliver shoeboxes after spending a weekend wrapping in excess of 170 boxes around 50 visits scheduled.
Northumbria Police’s operation lead for Volunteering T/Ch Supt Sarah Pitt has given the initiative her full support.
She said: “I’m very proud of the work the cadets have done and would like to thank all those who gave up their own time to help wrap the presents, including the brownies, guides and fire service cadets who also assisted in our Project Christmas.”