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Bromley Police spread Christmas cheer to sick children

PUBLISHED: 09:44 30 December 2010

(Back, L to R) Lion Ward Play Specialists Cara Boyle and Kirsti Hollands with Santa (PC Mark Cupples). (Front, L to R) PC Alan Clark, Elf (8 year old Sophie Pearman) and PC Jane Pearman.

(Back, L to R) Lion Ward Play Specialists Cara Boyle and Kirsti Hollands with Santa (PC Mark Cupples). (Front, L to R) PC Alan Clark, Elf (8 year old Sophie Pearman) and PC Jane Pearman.

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A schoolgirl who spent six months in a children's ward as baby returned to the hospital as father Christmas' helper.

Elf (8 year old Sophie Pearman), Santa (PC Mark Cupples), Mum Imogen Hudson (age 19), Dad Alfie Thatcher (age 21) and 6 month old Alfie Hudson-Thatcher.  Alfie's Mum, Imogen, is herself a medical miracle, one of a set of triplets born 36 months apart from the same batch of frozen embryos.  Imogen and sister Robyn were born in January 1991 and brother Guy was born in July 1994 after their parents underwent IVF treatment.

Presents including games consoles, teddy bears and books were loaded into Santa’s very own police car at the Metropolitan Police Dog training centre in Keston, before making their way to be given out to poorly youngsters at King’s College hospital in Denmark Hill.

The event was organised by Bromley PC Jane Pearman whose own daughter Sophie (now aged eight) spent six months on Lions ward at the south London hospital undergoing life-saving operations.

PC Pearman said: “This cause is particularly close to my heart having spent a Christmas in Lion ward with Sophie and I am pleased that this year we were again able to bring a little happiness to the children and their parents at what is a very difficult time for them.

“Thanks to my colleagues, both here at Bromley and across the MPS for their generosity again this year in supporting this great appeal. I would also like to thank Waitrose at Bromley for their generous donation to the appeal”.

Among the poorly youngsters met by Santa (also known as PC Mark Cupples from Biggin Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team) were six-month-old Alfie Thatcher and 17-year-old James Aston.

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