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Coalville Air Cadets Support Troops for 5th Year Running

Article posted: Dec 01, 2010 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

Air cadets from (1188) Coalville Sqn are supporting the troops abroad by sending them shoeboxes full of gifts for Christmas.

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 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 25 shoeboxes in all, to both RAF and Army Police officers serving in Afghanistan. Two shoeboxes also included birthday cards and candles for the troops who have their birthdays whilst deployed in Afghanistan.

Over the years the squadron has received letters of thanks and also been visited by grateful troops.
Flying Officer R Harrison RAF VR (T) said” I am really proud of the cadets for giving so generously and with such enthusiasm, the parcels looked fantastic when wrapped up. I think it is very important to support a scheme like this I know it is a real boost to the troop’s morale.”
Flying Officer Rod Dring RAF VR(T), the Officer in Charge said “ I am really pleased the squadron is able to take part in this initiative again this year”.

Fg Off R Harrison RAFVR (T)