Officers get communities in the festive spirit on the run up to Christmas

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PCSO Paige Martin pictured with staff from Glenfield Hospital

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Issued on 6/12/18 at 1:44 p.m.

A Police Community Support Officer from Beaumont Leys has delivered a hundred chocolate selection boxes to children at the Glenfield Hospital this Christmas.

PCSO Paige Martin visited the Glenfield Hospital at the beginning of the week (Monday 3 December) to give selection boxes to children on a number of wards including the Children’s Unit, Children’s Outpatient Unit and their Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

Half of the boxes were kindly donated by Tesco in Beaumont Leys Shopping Centre and Paige paid for the other half herself. This is the second Christmas that Paige has delivered gifts and she also gives out Easter gifts to the same wards. The hospital is on her beat area in Beaumont Leys so she makes regular visits as part of her community duties.

Paige said, “It was a privilege to make an impact on children and families that may not be feeling so positive.

“I’m very grateful for the support of Tesco and the staff at Glenfield Hospital for allowing me to organise this event. I hope to carry this on for many more celebrations and look forward to next year.”

Carolyn Webster, from Ward 30 at Glenfield Hospital said: “This is such a thoughtful and kind thing to do for the children.

“We really appreciate PCSO Paige visiting us and donating these gifts to the children. It makes us all smile and most importantly makes the children feel really special - thank you!”

Paige is not the only PCSO from the West Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area (NPA) to get into the Christmas spirit. PCSO Pete Smith has arranged for Father Christmas to visit the New Parks Christmas Extravaganza at the New Parks Leisure Centre on St Oswalds Road on Saturday 15 December. The event is being held from 11am to 2pm for children in the area who can visit Santa’s grotto, take part in arts and crafts and face painting and go for a free swim.

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