Written by SARAH BOULD
A CAMPAIGN which encourages people to fill boxes to send to troops in Afghanistan is coming to an end.
The Support Our Soldiers appeal launched in October by MP Andrew Grittiths and sees people filling boxes with essential items to send to soldiers in time for Christmas.
A number of groups and organisations in Burton have been busy donating items at a drop off point in Coopers Square.
Groups who have made a donation over the last week include Brizlincote Women’s Institute and the Burton Branch of the Staffordshire Regimental Association.
The gifts, along with donations put in the Support Our Soldiers box, will be sent out to the Mercians serving in Afghanistan.
Mr Griffiths told the Mail: “I was delighted when the Regimental Association said they would like to donate to the campaign.
“Their gifts will help to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to our brave troops who will be away from their families during the festive period.
“We are now collecting in the last gifts and donations as we get ready to pack all the boxes and ship them out to our troops. If anyone still has gifts they would like to donate, then please drop them off at the box in Cooper’s Square in the next few days.”
Workers at pub company Punch Taverns have also dug deep and donated items to the campaign including toiletries and snacks.
Andy Slee, Punch’s external affairs and operations director, said: “At Punch, we are always looking to support local charities as well as national causes like the Support Our Soldiers campaign.
“This is an inspirational initiative and it’s great to see Punch staff getting behind our local MP Andrew Griffiths and donating these items to bring our troops some well-deserved Christmas cheer.”
Mr Griffiths added: “My thanks go out to everyone at Punch who took part and I have no doubt that these gifts will be a boost for our troops out in Afghanistan.”