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Regiment throws weight behind festive troop campaign

Thursday 17th October 2013 (Andrew Griffiths)
Regiment throws weight behind festive troop campaign

THE Mercian Regiment has thrown its weight behind a campaign to deliver festive cheer to East Staffordshire soldiers serving abroad at Christmas.

As part of the Support Our Soldiers campaign, which Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths initiated, members of the public are asked to drop donations of hard to come by items in a box in the town’s Coopers Square shopping centre.

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

Mercian Regiment secretary Jim Massey said the campaign would provide a ‘huge morale boost’ for troops who are away from friends and family.

He said: “We are both delighted and very grateful for the work performed by the numerous voluntary groups and local people who want to support our soldiers.

“We know from past experience that receiving a parcel or message from members of the public is a huge morale boost to soldiers while on operations.

“It goes without saying that local people have always been extremely supportive towards both the past Staffordshire Regiment and its successor the Mercian Regiment.”

Mr Griffiths, who welcomed the regiment’s support, said: “Burton people are hugely proud of the town’s involvement with the old Staffordshire Regiment and the Mercian Regiment.

“Many brave Burtonians have fought for the regiment in the past, and continue to do so today.

“I am sure that the whole town will join in this initiative to give some much needed Christmas cheer to the men and women in the Mercians and throughout our armed services.”

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

Sought after toiletry items include moisturiser, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, cereal bars, sweets, socks, t-shirts, paperback books, pens, 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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