31 MAY 2013

Pincher Launches Troop's Shoe Box Campaign

Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Tamworth, has launched a local campaign to pack welfare boxes for our local battalion 3 Mercian, while in Afghanistan in Christmas 2013 and early 2014.

Christopher is working with the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Tamworth Herald, local residents, organisations, businesses and the Mercian Regiment Headquarters in Whittington to pack a box for every soldier on deployment from 3 Mercian (the Staffords) and 4 Mercian (Reservists) for their deployment from October 2013.

Together they will organise packing of boxes 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 for their tour.

This campaign is about doing the small things which together can add up to make a real difference and 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.

Christopher Pincher, Member of Parliament for Tamworth, said

"In the wake of a very successful beanie hat campaign this is another way in which local people can show their support for our troops on their final tour as the 'Staffords'. Christmas is a time when we should all be with our families, yet unfortunately some of our brave servicemen and women cannot be due to their valuable work in Afghanistan. This is why the Christmas box is such a good cause and a great way to show support for our troops."

Boxes will be packed at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Curator of the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Danielle Pritchard said :

"The Staffordshire Regiment Museum is very proud to support the Mercian Regiment, this is an important local campaign and we encourage everyone to get involved. The museum looks forward to hosting box packing parties later in the year."

Mercian Regimental Secretary, Major Jim Massey (retired) 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 booster to soldiers while on operations. It goes without saying that Tamworth and Lichfield have always been extremely supportive towards both the past the Staffordshire Regiment and it successor the Mercian Regiment. I will inform the commanding officer of 3 Mercian about what is going on and look forward to doing so."

Below is a list of suggested parcel items but this is not by any means definitive. There are many other items which can be included but the key is to keep these small and light as parcels are size and weight restricted.

Travel or individual packs are ideal rather than family or bulk packs. We will also include a variety of items, these are far nicer to receive than for example a box containing just toiletries.

Toiletries

Moisturiser
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Shampoo
Conditioner
Shower Gel
Roll on Deodorant
Razors
Shaving Gel
Talcum Powder
Foot Powder
Cotton Buds
Wet/Moist Wipes
Tissues
Lip Salve
Travel Wash
Sanitary Protection

Savoury Snacks

Pringles
Crisps
Nuts
Pork Scratchings
Beef Jerky
Savoury Rice
Noodles
Oatcakes
Crackers
Stock Cubes
Packet Soups

Sweet Snacks

Fruit/Cereal Bars
Fruit Flakes
Dried Fruit
Shortbread
Small Cakes
Biscuits
Small Tins Fruit
Packets Custard

Confectionery

Travel sweets
Toffee
Fudge
Kendal Mint Cake
Energy Sweets
Love Hearts, etc
Fruit Pastilles, etc
Lollipops
Mints
Chewing Gum

Clothing

Socks/Undies
T Shirts
Underwear

Recreation

Paperback Books
Magazines (NOT TOP SHELF)
Puzzle Books

Crossword Books
Playing Cards
Travel Board Games
Jigsaws
Pens
Pencils
Notebooks
Artists Paints
Sketch Books
Batteries

Pharmacy

Zinc Oxide tape
Imodium
Rennie
Paracetamol
Plasters

Ibuprofen

After sun/Aloe Vera
Insect Repellent
Sun Screen

Misc

Boot Laces
Blank Greetings
Cards

Small Tins of Meat

Message of Support

Items for the boxes can be delivered to my constituency office at 23 Albert Road, B79 7JS or the Tamworth Herald Offices at Ventura Retail park during normal office hours.

You can see my interview with the Tamworth Herald here - http://bcove.me/o3194xt7

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