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 27 shoeboxes in all, to both RAF and Army Police officers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The cadets and some of the parcels for the troops.
This is the second year in a row that the Blue Knights have arranged Christmas parcels to the troops. The Deputy Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, David Lindley recently attended The Royal Military Police Annual Dinner and was left in no doubt how much the generous gifts were appreciated.
Plt Off Rebekah Harrison said: “I am really proud of the cadets for giving so generously, they have sent 17 more boxes this year than last year. I think it is very important to support a scheme like this especially bearing in mind the comments made recently by the head of the army about the troop’s morale.”
By Plt Off Rebekah Harrison RAF VR(T) (1188) Coalville Sqn