Joining forces aids children’s appeal

CSO Gillian Gray with staff from Linskill Nursery School and the Christmas Appeal boxes.

CSO Gillian Gray with staff from Linskill Nursery School and the Christmas Appeal boxes.

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A community rallied to help bring some Christmas cheer to children in part of Africa.

And they were given support after a North Tyneside police office joined forces with the collection appeal.

Community Support Officer (CSO) Gillian Gray, from North Shields neighbourhood policing team, became aware of the appeal to collect items for African children from a Tynemouth resident during her patrols.

The residents get together twice a week to knit clothing for children in Africa. To help boost the supplies, CSO Gray encouraged local primary schools get involved and donate wool and toiletries.

The staff and children at Linskill Nursery School and North Shields and Kings Priory School filled up Christmas boxes of supplies.

North Shields town centre PC Louise Jackson said: “This is a great example of neighbourhood policing with CSO Gray working with residents she has built up a relationship with to help those in need.

“The residents and schools are thanked for their support.”