BURTON’S MP Andrew Griffiths has launched a campaign to collect Christmas gifts for British troops to receive during the festive period.
As part of the Support Our Soldiers appeal, which the Mail and Burton firm Hardy Signs is supporting, donations of hard to come by items such as sweets and toiletries will be sent to servicemen and women.
Donations can be dropped in a box, in Coopers Square, which Hardy Signs produced.
It is also hoped that pupils in East Staffordshire schools will write kind-hearted letters and Christmas cards to be sent to the troops.
Mr Griffiths said the campaign is an opportunity for the town to show support for the troops.
He said: “We are all so proud of the dedication and bravery of our armed forces, and this campaign is an ideal way for the people of Burton to show their support and gratitude for all they do.
“Christmas can be a tough time for our troops serving overseas, as they are away from family and friends and all the home comforts we enjoy at Christmas.
“Burton has a proud tradition of military service and I’m sure that the town will get behind this to give our troops some Christmas cheer.”
Mr Griffiths said he will also approach businesses in the town in the hope of getting big-name companies to donate food and toiletries.
Kevin Booth, editor of the Mail, said: “For our servicemen and women abroad, it must be particularly difficult to be away from the people they love at Christmas.
“That’s why we’re urging all our readers to support the appeal and show their appreciation of the job they are doing at such a special time of year.
“We’re delighted and proud to throw our weight behind the campaign.”
Coopers Square centre manager Dave Chadfield said he was proud to support the campaign.
He said: “It’s these home comforts that get you through the tough times and make you feel a bit better.”
Town centre manager Paul Howard told the Mail: “I’m very happy to support the campaign.
“Hardy Signs did a great job with the design of the donation box.”
Any businesses which want to give their support to the campaign should call Mr Griffiths’ office on 01283 564934.