SOS appeal - Support Our Soldiers abroad

PUBLISHED: 01:01 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:46 10 June 2010

TROOPS fighting in Afghanistan - thousands of miles from loved ones -have thanked the generosity of donors in Exmouth for making their Christmas and New Year that little bit more bearable. In the run up to the festive break, disabled Lympstone volunteer P

TROOPS fighting in Afghanistan - thousands of miles from loved ones -have thanked the generosity of donors in Exmouth for making their Christmas and New Year that little bit more bearable.In the run up to the festive break, disabled Lympstone volunteer Peter Bond, 47, of Glebelands, organised a campaign to send an incredible 140 boxes of presents and gifts to the front line (pictured top right).A spokesman for 40 Commando Royal Marine's said: "Thank you very much for your very kind gifts and your kind thoughts. "The toiletries are especially useful to us, but I have to say the nuts, chocolates and other eats are a great taste of home. "A huge thank you from all of us at 40 Commando Royal Marines and Royal Marine Armoured Support Group."He added that they were doing the best they could (fighting the Taliban) in difficult circumstances and added: "Conditions vary in the quality of living accommodation and other basics. "But the task is ongoing and we are all busy, so we really do appreciate the gifts and messages."Peter is re-launching the campaign, the 2008 Support Our Soldiers Appeal, and says he is anxious to build up a network of supporters throughout Devon and Cornwall:"The aim is to build up a group who can work together in order that we can set up the Devon & Cornwall branch of Support Our Soldiers. "I am appealing for people to come forward and contact me if they want to support our troops. Once I have got a group of people together, I shall arrange a meeting." The first consignment of gifts, cards and letters is scheduled to be sent out in late January and Peter appealed for letters of support which can be sent with the boxes of gifts. He added: "People can donate toiletries including tooth paste, shower gel, lip balm and moisturising cream, sun tan lotion (no less than factor 25), plus biscuits, chocolate and warm socks."For more details, please call Peter Bond on: (01395) 225722 or e-mail peterbond27@btinternet.com

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