More than 700 people will receive a little pre-Christmas cheer thanks to Cambridgeshire Police Federation.
The branch has organised a free draw with prizes going to 650 current members of the Federation while a further 60 retired officers who are still members of the Group Insurance Scheme will receive prizes too.
Liz Groom, chair of Cambridgeshire Police Federation, explained: “For the last few years we have delivered hampers for teams or departments working over the Christmas period. We have also cooked hot dogs for officers on New Year’s Eve with the help of Inspector Andy Bartlett but sadly, due to the pandemic, we cannot do it this year.
“However, we really wanted to try to do something to spread some Christmas cheer after the really awful eight months everyone has endured.
“So we decided to hold a one-off free members’ raffle and have now drawn the names of 650 current subscribing Federation members out of a hat to select the winners.
“We didn’t want to leave out retired officers who still subscribe to our Group Insurance Scheme so we have also drawn out their names in the same way and will be emailing the lucky winners soon.”
In the Federation members’ draw:
- 5 officers received £100
- 25 received £50
- 470 received £25, and
- 150 received £10.
In the retired members’ draw, 20 people will receive £50 and 40 will receive £25.
All the prizes are Tesco vouchers to be used in-store only.
Liz added: “I really hope this gesture gives the lucky winners a boost as we prepare for a very different Christmas period. It’s thanks to the sensible spending of our local budget over many years, and help from our Group Insurance fund, that we are able to do this from our existing welfare budget but couldn’t stretch it to include every member or we risk all the other welfare initiatives we provide for members like the Duxford, zoo and farm tickets, welfare hampers and breaks.”