Thank you from Afghanistan

PUBLISHED: 07:00 01 July 2011

The soldiers wanted to thank the Preanes Green group for its generosity

The soldiers wanted to thank the Preanes Green group for its generosity

Archant

THE kindness and generosity of a Worle group has been recognised with a special message of gratitude from Royal Air Force members thousands of miles away.

In May the Mercury reported how Barbara Slinger and other volunteers in Preanes Green had packed dozens of shoeboxes and sent them off to Afghanistan.

Members at the resource centre, off Clovelly Road, first started sending the parcels packed full of treats and useful bits back in 2009, but then the facility had to close.

The boxes now sit at the home of Barbara and her husband Harold until they are flown to the Middle East.

The couple have been sending the welfare parcels, along with the occasional Weston postcard, to the team at Tactical Supply Wing (TSW) in Camp Bastion, Helmand.

Packed with home comforts that are hard to get hold of in the middle of the desert, 100 packages have now been sent by Barbara, Harold and fellow volunteers.

The team at TSW wanted to send the group a very special thank you for all boxes after seeing the story in the Mercury.

Senior Aircraftwoman Gill Flook said: “It is really nice to be thought of like this and we just want to show our gratitude. We are humbled that people spend their time, money and effort to send strangers gifts.”

The boxes are spread among the team and each recipient takes a turn to write back to Harold and Barbara, or one of the team that helps them with their military supply chain back home. Some parcels are distributed to the troops on the ground.

Flight Lieutenant ‘AJ’ Littlefield added: “Certain things always seem to go down well - Haribo sweets, coffee and sticks of Weston rock. We are always desperate to open the parcels.”

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