16th Jan, 2019

Kind-hearted officers hand donations to Manchester bombing victims

Sarah Mason 4th Sep, 2017 Updated: 4th Sep, 2017

KIND-HEARTED West Midlands Police officers have clubbed together to buy gifts for patients at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital following the city’s terror attack.

Members of the firearms unit wanted to show everyone was still in their thoughts months on from the Manchester Arena explosion

The caring officers collected just over £500 which was used to purchase more than 25 presents such as games and handheld devices to those affected in the bombing on May 22 at the Manchester Arena.

Some of them visited Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital to hand over the items.

PC Ben Caulwell, from the force’s firearms unit, helped to organise the collection which staff were only too keen to support.

He said: “No one will ever forget the events of that night in May which left so many young people seriously injured or dead.

“In light of what has happened elsewhere in the months since we wanted to show those who were hurt and everybody else in Manchester that they are still in our thoughts.

“We were very well received when we visited the hospital and the children were grateful for the gifts.

Joel Oxberry, corporate fundraising manager at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are extremely grateful to the firearms officers from West Midlands Police for thinking of our patients and helping us to make a difference to children in hospital.

“The games will certainly help to provide a distraction from being in hospital.”

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