RESIDENTS at CHP’s sheltered scheme, Napier Court, received a flying visit from Royal Air Force (RAF) personnel who presented them with a plaque to thank them for sending care parcels to those fighting on the front line.
Based at RAF Marham, Norfolk; the members from the 93 Expeditionary Armament Squadron (EAS) – who are currently serving in Afghanistan and previously at the Gioia del Colle air base in southern Italy where they provided support for RAF sorties over Libya – gave the residents a presentation of how they store and prepare specialist weapons for the Tornado and Typhoon aircraft.
Established by Daphne Leader, 79, and Maureen Ivemey, 71, Napier Court’s residents have been collecting goods – such as sweets, shower gels, socks and magazines – to send to troops and have raised £1,600 since November 2010 by holding auctions and coffee mornings in aid of Help for Heroes.
To help serving soldiers, Napier Court residents buy an extra item when they are out shopping which they then donate to the care parcel. Working with the charity, Support Our Soldiers, which was set-up two years ago by Alan and Judy Bishop, the care parcels are collected and then sent by the British Forces Post Office to soldiers fighting on the front line.
Louise Stratford, Napier Court sheltered scheme manager, said: “We have received a number of letters from serving soldiers from as far afield as Kandahar thanking residents for all that they have done. As you can imagine the care parcels are a huge boost for our troops but also for the residents as they are overwhelmed by the correspondence they receive from the soldiers.”
Kevin Doyle , 93 EAS Flight Sargent, added: “We decided to visit the residents as a way of saying thank you for the generosity they have shown by sending welfare boxes out to our guys in Afghanistan.”
Daphne Leader, whose husband was a RAF Military Policeman for 20 years, commented: “After we held an auction for the charity, Help for Heroes, the soldier who came and collected the cheque mentioned the kind of goods that they needed when they are on the front line – so we decided to set up a collection box.”
Published: 15th November 2011