The Safer Travel Partnership has been giving Santa a helping hand this year to make sure children in the West Midlands get their Christmas presents.
Officers from British Transport Police and West Midlands Police used all three forms of public transport to deliver gifts for youngsters on University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire children’s ward to open on Christmas day.
Along with staff from Transport for West Midlands, the officers gave up their free time and – dressed as elves – sung and danced their way from Birmingham to Coventry on the tram, train and bus, spreading a little festive cheer as they went by handing out selection boxes donated by London Midland.
Arriving in Broadgate, the Safer Travel team then picked up more than 70 presents donated by local businesses, which were handed over by the city’s Business Improvement District team in aid of UHCW’s Pack An Extra Present campaign.
A short video of the team’s journey released on social media, which sees Rudolph driving a bus to collect gifts from Santa whose sleigh has broken down, can be seen here.
Inspector Rachel Crump, policing lead for the Safer Travel Partnership, said: “We wanted to make a video with a simple message, encouraging people to be kind and considerate on public transport this Christmas, while also letting the public know we are here if you need us.
“This was all filmed in our spare time with presents, selection boxes and outfits being donated by local transport companies or businesses.
“We had a great reaction from passengers when we were out filming and we hope the many children we met will remember the time an officer dressed as an elf gave them a present, so they know we are friendly and approachable. But above all, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope people have as much fun watching the video as we did making it!”