SOLDIERS serving on the frontline in Afghanistan will soon receive little packages of home comforts thanks to donations from Kirkby Rotarians.
At a special meeting of Kirkby Rotary Club, Rotn Gordon Sugg, a veteran of the Second World War evacuation from Dunkirk, formally presented the gifts to five soldiers from 2 Mercian Battalion of the Mercian Regiment.
Items including CDs, DVDs, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving kit, sun block, sweets and magazines were collected and will be sent to soldiers from the regiment serving in Afghanistan.
They will be accompanied by a message from the club’s joint presidents, Rotns Eric Thompson and John McEwen.
Maj Chris Massingham, Cpl Skinner, L/Cpl Haywood and Ptes Donegani and Hearson were the guests of the Rotary club.
All have served in either Afghanistan or Iraq.
Rotn Thompson told the soldiers: “We’re very proud of the regiment, we thank them for their continuing service to this country and we send them our best wishes for the coming weeks and months.”
Maj Massingham added that the gifts were much appreciated.
“Firstly there’s no need to worry about getting toothpaste, etcetera and we can get on with the job.
“Then the sweets and such items bring us close to home for a moment. Finally all the presents make us feel appreciated and loved.”
Gordon Sugg, who served in the 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, spoke of his experiences and how he sustained a leg wound at Dunkirk.
The regiment is currently not able to accept any more such gifts due to the overwhelming support offered.