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MP urges WIs to back soldiers’ festive drive


Sunday 6th October 2013 (Andrew Griffiths)
MP urges WIs to back soldiers’ festive drive

WOMEN’S institutes in Burton and East Staffordshire have been urged to make donations to women serving in the armed forces.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths (right) made the appeal as part of his Support Our Soldiers campaign in which members of the public donate gifts for the troops in a box in Coopers Square shopping centre.

The campaign was launched last month in conjunction with the Mail, Hardy Signs and the Burton Town Centre Management.

It is hoped hard to come by items such as toiletries and snacks will be donated.

These will then be packaged up and sent to troops serving abroad in time for Christmas.

Mr Griffiths said: “When buying items to send out to our troops, it is all too easy to only think of men.

“But it is important to remember items for our servicewomen as well.

“This is why I have got in touch with women’s institutes to ask them for their support in raising awareness of the items which our female soldiers need.”

Sought after toiletry items include moisturiser, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, roll-on deodorant, razors, shaving gel, talcum powder, foot powders, cotton buds, wet wipes, tissues, lip salve, travel wash and sanitary protection.

Other needed items include crisps, nuts, noodles, packets of soup, dried fruit, cereal bars, travel sweets, chewing gum, socks, t-shirts, paperback books, pens, pencils, notebooks, paracetamol, sun cream but not chocolate.

Mr Griffiths said any group or business which would like to support the campaign should call his Burton office on 01283 564934.

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