Nearly 500 welfare parcels sent to our troops by Lympstone volunteer

PUBLISHED: 16:00 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 June 2010

LIFE for our troops, away from their families and fighting the Taliban, will be a little bit more comfortable this Christmas - after they were posted 470 relief parcels this week.

LIFE for our troops, away from their families and fighting the Taliban, will be a little bit more comfortable this Christmas - after they were posted 470 relief parcels this week.

The parcels included toiletries, sachets of hot chocolate and coffee, Haribo Sweets - known to the forces as "Haribo moralibo!" - and even black woolly hats.

The boxes were part of the Support Our Soldiers Christmas appeal, organised by Lympstone volunteer Peter Bond, following generous donations by people throughout East Devon.

Peter, 48, from Glebelands, said: "A total of 470 parcels have now been posted off to our troops currently serving in Afghanistan and should reach them in time for Christmas."

Of the 470 boxes, 150 were handed over to the Royal Marine Armoured Support Group, who have just redeployed to Afghanistan; and 92 were sent out to the 6 Rifles Corunna Company, who are made up of TA members from Devon and Cornwall.

A further 24 were sent to soldiers serving in 1 Rifles and 204 parcels were sent to Royal Marine Commando Units - deployed in different camps throughout the country.

Major R M E Hopkins of the Royal Marine Armoured Support Group said: "I would like to thank the people of Exmouth for the ongoing work and support.

"Your support over the last two years has made an enormous contribution to the morale of the deployed ranks and we are well aware of how much of your time and effort this consumes.

"We are most grateful for support from home and these parcels provide a reminder that people are thinking of us, which is both a comfort and source of motivation."

Warrant officer Darren Budden of 6 Rifles said: "We have a welfare tent with a large notice board now filling up with letters and cards, all of which have been past on from the Support Our Soldiers Team.

"Its funny to see that all the boys now move around the camp lines in the cold nights wearing the black woolly hats provided by yourselves!"

Colonel A T W Maynard Commando Logistics Regiment, Royal Marines, added that it was 'enormously comforting' to read so many messages of support: "Knowing that we have such support at home is a tremendous boost to all the men and women in the Commando Logistic Regiment Royal Marines.


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