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Former soldiers dig deep to support troops this Christmas

Thursday 21st November 2013 (Andrew Griffiths)

Written by MARK MCKAY

FORMER members of the armed forces have donated items to soldiers who will be serving abroad this Christmas.

The Burton branch of the Staffordshire Regiment Association has thrown its weight behind the Support Our Soldiers drive, which provide troops with toiletries and treats.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths launched the campaign, which the Mail, Burton firm Hardy Signs and Burton Town Centre Management has also backed.

Mick Teasel, secretary of the regiment association and former infantryman, told the Mail about 30 shoe boxes of items have been donated.

He said: “Receiving these things from strangers who don’t know you is something to say that their country is still thinking about them.

“I think this will be a good thing for soldiers to receive at Christmas because they will miss their home-comforts and their family.

“When you miss your family you can become depressed but this will buck them up a bit, especially those who are serving in Afghanistan where they could get injured any day.”

Donations to the campaign can be made in a box in Coopers Square shopping centre.

Sought after toiletry items include moisturiser, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, cereal bars, sweets, but not chocolate.

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