The sixth annual Fenland Christmas gift appeal has been deemed a resounding success.

The Fenland Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) joined forces with Children’s Social Care to ensure that children in need across Fenland have a present to open this Christmas.

The appeal ran from November 13 to December 10, with donations being delivered to Wisbech Police Station, Tesco in Hostmoor Avenue, March, and online deliveries sent directly to Awdry House, Wisbech.

The community rallied together and have donated an overwhelming number and variety of gifts to be distributed to the children, including toys, toiletries sets, games, and books for a range of age groups.

Inspector Andy Morris said: “We understand that times continue to be tough for many, but I am so grateful that the community has come together yet again to help the teams and charities who work tirelessly to provide these children with a gift to open.

“My team and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the cause and helped us make these children’s Christmas’ that bit better.”

Sally Fairbrass, who works for Children’s Social Care in Cambridgeshire, said: “Every year, the generosity of the community in Fenland exceeds our expectations with the number of donations that we receive for this lovely cause.

“My team have been amazed at the variety and number of gifts we have received, some of which have already been distributed to those families who need them.”

Inspector Morris added: “Thank you to the teams who work hard behind the scenes to run this appeal every year, and a big thank you again to everyone who donated a gift.

“From my team and I, Merry Christmas!”

The donations will continue to be distributed to families across Fenland before the big day.