Presents handed over following Christmas Toy Appeal

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Chris Gregory
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Officers and staff at Hampshire Constabulary have dug deep to help deliver a bit of festive cheer to children.

On Thursday 7 December Detective Superintendent Scott MacKechnie handed over the presents to staff from Southampton City Council during a ceremony at Netley.

Around 1,400 presents have been donated this year as part of the force’s Christmas Toy Appeal – more than doubling last year’s total.

The presents will then be distributed to less fortunate children in the Southampton area in time for Christmas.

Last year, more than 600 presents were donated to the annual appeal. This year, a bumper haul of 1,200 presents was donated by officers, staff and their friends and family.

A further 200 presents were donated by guests at the force’s Christmas Toy Appeal Concert, which took place at Netley on Tuesday 5 December.

Det Supt MacKechnie said: “We have had an absolutely fantastic response from the whole police family to try and make a difference to the lives of children this Christmas.

“We had a target of around 900 presents for this year’s appeal and I’m pleased to say that we broke that target by some distance.

“Our response will mean that some of the children who may not have got a present this Christmas will now receive two presents.

“I would like to thank all those people who donated a present, and also those who volunteered to be points of contact for the appeal at our various stations across Hampshire. It has been a tremendous team effort.”

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