Northumbria Police officers gave a helping hand to a very important person on Christmas Eve.
At around 3pm on Thursday, December 24, officers responded to a call from Santa Claus after his reindeer andsleigh broke down on the way to the children’s ward at the RVI hospitalon Christmas eve.
‘Operation Santa’ was immediately launched and saw officers deployed to the area in order to help get the VIP to the hospital on time.
Sergeant Michelle Jahangiri and PC Graeme Dodds attended and escorted Santa to the hospital, helping him get his big bag of presents and gifts delivered to all of the boys and girls onthe childrens’ ward.
The broken down sleigh and reindeerwere fixed by officers from the force’s mounted section and thanks to officers’help Santa Claus was seen safely on his way ahead of his evening’s work.
‘Operation Santa’ went out live on Facebookand Twitter and it reached, and was seen by, almost 500,000 people witharound 10,000 people liking the story, hundreds of people commenting onit and taking part in the operation and messages of support and praisefor the force coming in from as far as America and Europe.
The gifts that Santa gave out were collectedby Sergeant Michelle Jahangiri and donated by officers and staff at Northumbria Police and the whole thing was put together with the help of staff at the RVI hospital.
Sergeant Michelle Jahangiri said:
“OperationSanta was a huge success and I’d like to thank all of the children, parentsand staff at the RVI for taking part and their help in making it happen
“The Look on the kids’ faces when we came in with Santa Claus was pricelessand we had such an amazing time delivering presents, speaking with allthe children and parents.
“The ‘operation’ couldn’t havegone any better and I really hope that we managed to make Christmas thatlittle bit more enjoyable for all of the children who were having to spend Christmas in hospital.
“I’d like to thank my colleagues who donatedthe gifts and presents, the children were over the moon with them and thatwas down to their kindness.”
Chief Constable Steve Ashman said: “I’mvery proud of the work that officers do in community and often hear aboutstaff supporting charities and holding events for good causes. It’s reallygreat that we were able to assist with Operation Santa and help spreada little Christmas cheer.”