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Coalville Air Cadets Support Troops for 7th Year Running

Article posted: Nov 29, 2012 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 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 have sent 23 shoeboxes in all this year, to Army Police officers serving in Afghanistan and also RAF personnel.

Over the years the squadron has received letters of thanks and also been visited by grateful troops. The squadron has sent 158 shoeboxes in total.

Flying Officer R Harrison RAF VR (T) said” I am really grateful to the cadets and their family and friends for giving so generously and with such enthusiasm year after year. I think it is very important to support a scheme like this, I know it is a real boost to the troop’s morale.”

Flight lieutenant Rod Dring RAF VR(T), the Commanding Officer said “ I am really pleased the squadron is able to support the troops again this year, we know from the responses we get the shoeboxes are really appreciated”.

Fg Off R Harrison RAVRT (T)
Squadron MCO