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Coalville Air Cadets Support Troops for 8th Year Running

Article posted: Dec 09, 2013 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 Police 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 18 shoeboxes in all, to army Police officers serving in Afghanistan.

Over the years the squadron has received letters of thanks and also been visited by grateful troops. Over the last 8 years the squadron has sent over 170 parcels to the troops.

Flying Officer R Harrison RAF VR (T) said” I am really proud of the cadets for giving so generously and with such enthusiasm year after year, 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.”

Flight Lieutenant Jackie Glover RAF VR(T), the Commanding Officer said “ I am really pleased the squadron is taking part in this initiative again this year and I am glad to be able to contribute myself”.

Fg Off R Harrison RAFVR (T)
Squadron MCO