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Chief turns Father Christmas for care home residents


The Christmas Gifts

Elderly residents in care homes and in the community will be receiving a visit from the police on the run-up to Christmas, but they needn’t worry they are in trouble with the law.

It’s because Mike Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, will be delivering presents donated by his officers and staff. During his sleigh rounds he will also be joined by Neighbourhood police officers and some of TV's Police Interceptors plus Durham Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner (PCVC) Ron Hogg.

The ‘give a gift’ campaign was launched across the force in November in a bid to gather as many parcels as possible for people living in local care homes.

The combined clout of the force has seen more than 600 presents donated by the staff of Durham Constabulary. Those gifts, along with generous donations from local businesses, which included 500 boxes of chocolates from Thorntons plus gifts from Sainsbury's and Tesco, will be delivered to seven care homes, two community hospitals and properties across County Durham and Darlington this week.

Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “Through our neighbourhood policing and safeguarding teams we are lucky to have developed very close links with the elderly residents in the communities we serve. We know that for some of them, Christmas can be a difficult and lonely time.

“The ‘give a gift’ campaign was developed to reach out to those individuals and deliver a little dusting of festive sparkle as the big day approaches. It also gives us the opportunity to remind them that we are there for them, should they need us.”

PCVC Ron Hogg said: “Whilst the festive period can be a fun time for many residents, it’s important to remember that not everyone in our area will be surrounded by family and friends. I’m pleased to be involved in this generous campaign, to deliver gifts to those who are more vulnerable in our society.”

Posted on Thursday 22nd December 2016
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