Clacton team gives Christmas gifts to children in hospital
Officers and staff in Clacton have rallied together to donate hundreds of Christmas presents to children in hospital through Clacton RNLI’s Christmas appeal.
Our colleagues at Clacton police station have been digging deep over the last few weeks to buy chocolate treats, toys and cosy clothes to donate to children who will be spending Christmas in hospital or receiving medical treatment.
PCSO Matt Ladkin organised the collection at Clacton police station and arranged to deliver the gifts to Clacton RNLI along with gifts donated by the Frinton and Walton Youth Football Club.
Earlier today, Sgt Alex Southgate and PCSO Matt Ladkin delivered the gifts to Tim Sutton, a Volunteer Helmsman at Clacton RLNI, for him and his team to distribute to hospitals and care establishments across East Anglia in time for Christmas.
The annual appeal was set up by Tim nine years ago and last year, the team received more than 2,000 gifts from the local community.
Sgt Alex Southgate said: “I am really proud of the way PCSO Matt Ladkin has managed to collect so many presents for children who are unfortunately spending time in hospital over the Christmas period and we are grateful to everyone who has donated. At the same time, working by the coast means that we are very much aware of the hard work that Tim and his team do and we will always do everything we can to support them.”