Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Sue Mountstevens, is backing a campaign to put a smile on the face of young victims of crime this Christmas – and is urging others to do the same.
The Dear Santa appeal, by children’s charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime (CVOC), is funding Christmas gifts for children across the UK, including locally, who have been affected by serious crime.
Children, nominated by police officers and safeguarding professionals, can choose their own gift worth up to £50, which is then placed on a unique Amazon wish list for people to buy directly - 100% of the donation goes to the beneficiary.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “The Dear Santa appeal is a wonderful way for people and local companies to help children who have suffered trauma through crime in Avon and Somerset this Christmas and I am pleased to back the Embrace appeal which will help bring some much-needed festive joy.”
The appeal is in its second year and has already received hundreds of Christmas wishes from children affected by crimes including homicide, sexual abuse, domestic violence and neglect.
Embrace CVOC is the only national charity solely focused on providing emotional, practical and cheer up support for child victims of crime anywhere in the UK.
Chief Executive Anne Campbell said: “Our aim is to help children and families who have suffered trauma as a result of crime to cope and begin the road to recovery - we offer a range of services to support this.
“We’re delighted to receive the backing of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dear Santa which we know will put a smile on the face of some of the most vulnerable young people in local communities this Christmas.”
To find out more or donate to Dear Santa visit www.embracecvoc.org.uk/dear-santa or search #DearSanta2018 on social media.
Posted on Thursday 6th December 2018