SOLDIERS serving on the front line in Afghanistan have sent thank you letters to the residents of CHP sheltered scheme, Napier Court, after receiving care parcels from them.
After holding a successful auction in November 2010, raising £1,600 in aid of Help for Heroes, Daphne Leader, 79, Maureen Ivemey, 71, and Napier Court residents have been collecting goods – such as sweets, shower gels, socks and magazines - to send to the troops.
To help serving soldiers, residents at the sheltered scheme buy an extra item when they are out shopping which they then donate to the care parcel. Working with the charity, Support Our Soldiers, the care parcels are then collected and sent by the British Forces Post Office to soldiers fighting on the front line.
Daphne, whose husband was a Military Policeman with the Royal Air Force for 20 years, said: “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.
“We have had some lovely letters back from the soldiers and the regiment’s captain wrote and told us that they are like children at Christmas when they return from an operation to find a care parcel.”
CHP sheltered scheme manager, Louise Stratford, commented: “We have received a number of letters from serving soldiers from as far afield as Kandahar thanking the 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.”