Mansfield and Ashfield drinkers donate gift boxes to soldiers serving in Afghanistan

Two Sutton landladies  Mandy Clarke of the Speed the Light Pub  and Sandra Ross Nell Gwynn Pub join forces together to pack gift boxes for members of the forces in Afghanistan  on Tuesday Pictured with their awards given to them from Help The Heroes

Two Sutton landladies Mandy Clarke of the Speed the Light Pub and Sandra Ross Nell Gwynn Pub join forces together to pack gift boxes for members of the forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday Pictured with their awards given to them from Help The Heroes

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CUSTOMERS from two pubs in Sutton and Mansfield have got behind a campaign to collect gift boxes to send to soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Items for the boxes were donated by regulars at Speed the Plough in Sutton and Nell Gwyn in Mansfield, along with members of the Salvation Army.

They have now been sent to Afghanistan and the gifts will arrive in time for Christmas.

Landlord Albert Bainbridge said: “They contain little items that they might miss and that they can’t get where they are.

“We have been doing boxes for a while now and this was a big effort to get more than 50 boxes out before Christmas - and we managed to get 60 in the end.

“We wanted to give them a few things from home: tights for the girls, toiletries, sweets, crisps, lip salve.

“Many items came from customers but the Salvation Army brought us carrier bag after carrier bag. They also supplied the shoe boxes.”

As part of the collection, the volunteers also wrote letters to the soldiers.

Albert added: “We print out a slip saying where it’s come from and the pub’s name with our email address on there.

“We often get feedback from them.”

Speed the Plough, which is on Mansfield Road, also holds regular collections for Help for Heroes, the charity which supports injured service personnel.