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Coalville Air Cadets Support Troops for 9th Year Running

Article posted: Dec 23, 2014 by Flt Lt Rayson-Flynn

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

Air cadets from (1188) Coalville Sqn are joining with Leicestershire Police to send shoe boxes of gifts to all the soldiers serving with The Royal Anglian Regiment serving in Kenya. The troops are normally based in Leicestershire but are in training to assist with the outbreak of Ebola in Africa. 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, festive things and toiletries to send to the troops. They have all been carefully packaged up into shoe boxes, making sure each one weighs less than 2 kg to take advantage the Royal Mail’s free postage to the troops. The cadets sent 22 shoe boxes in all, to troops serving in Kenya. Over the years the squadron has received letters of thanks and also been visited by grateful troops. Over the last 9 years the squadron has sent over 190 parcels to the troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Kenya.

Flying Officer R Harrison RAF VR (T), the officer in charge 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.”

Fg Off R Harrison RAFVR (T)
Squadron OiC