Two major box packing events have taken place and over 800 boxes have been sent out to soldiers of the Mercian Regiment. The campaign is now winding down, however we will still accept items in shoe boxes (free from most local shoe shops).
Thank you to everyone who has donated items so far.
A campaign has been launched in Tamworth by MP Christopher Pincher to send welfare boxes for our local battalion, 3 Mercian, while in Afghanistan at Christmas 2013 and early 2014. This follows on from his successful beanie hat campaign.
Christopher Pincher MP, the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Tamworth Herald, TCRFM and the Mercian Regiment Headquarters in Whittington are working together to organise a box for every soldier on deployment from 3 Mercian (the Staffords) and 4 Mercian (Reservists) for their tour from October 2013.
We are all appealing for the public, local businesses and organisations to donate items for the boxes. We will organise the boxes to be packed with a selection of items including biscuits, sweets, crisps, playing cards, puzzle books, toiletries and a personal handwritten note of thanks for our soldiers. Over 700 boxes must be packed to be sent out to our troops from Autumn 2013, providing a little cheer on their tour.
This community campaign is about doing the small things which together can add up to make a real difference and give a positive message to our brave men and women. It is about showing just how proud Tamworth is of our local regiment, the Mercian Regiment. The regiment was formed in Tamworth and Tamworth will always be its home.
We hope you are able to support the scheme and I thank you for your support. Do contact me with any questions or letting me know how you can help. Please tell everyone about this campaign because we have a lot of boxes to fill.
Christopher Pincher talking to the Tamworth Herald about the campaign
Please note we are not part of, or affiliated to, the Support Our Soldiers Charity (registered Charity: 1120684). We are an independent community campaign specifically for Tamworth residents and businesses to donate items for welfare boxes for 3 & 4 Mercian's tour of Afghanistan. If you want information on the Support Our Soldiers charity please click here.