Air cadets from (1188) Coalville Sqn are supporting the troops abroad by sending them shoeboxes full of gifts for Christmas.
For the third year running air cadets from (1188) Coalville Sqn are joining with Leicestershire Constabulary Blue Knights Motorcycle Club to send shoeboxes of gifts to all the military police officers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. This continues a tradition started in the First World War, when troops in the trenches received a small brass box containing sweets and tobacco from the Government. The cadets and their families have collected: – sweets, puzzle books, magazines, stationery, festive things and toiletries to send to the troops. They have all been carefully packaged up into shoeboxes, making sure each one weighs less than 2 kg to take advantage the Royal Mail’s free postage to the troops. The cadets sent 15 shoeboxes in all, to both RAF and Fleet Air Arm Police officers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Last year the squadron received lots of letters back from the troops and it was obvious that they appreciated getting presents; especially from people they had never met.
Special thanks go to Asda in Hinckley for donating Santa hats and wrapping paper, to Owen Jones in Ashby de la Zouch for donating perfume samples and to Dorothy Perkins in Ashby de la Zouch for providing lots of shoeboxes.
Flying Officer R Harrison RAF VR (T) said,” Once again the cadets and their families have supported this important project enthusiastically and I am really proud of the cadets for giving so generously.”