Boxing clever for our troops

Katherine cheney (left) from Clarks and Selina Wilson from Tesco extra with a shoe box. Picture by FRANK REID
Katherine cheney (left) from Clarks and Selina Wilson from Tesco extra with a shoe box. Picture by FRANK REID

KIND-HEARTED shoppers have boosted the morale of scores of troops by sending boxes full of treats to a warzone.

More than 250 shoeboxes full of items ranging from sweets to deodorant have been flown to Afghanistan as part of a Support our Soldiers campaign.

Staff at Tesco Extra, in Hartlepool, have been asking customers to donate goods at a stall set-up in their Burn Road store since the end of April.

High street chain Clarks helped out by providing the shoeboxes that were used to package the range of goodies left by shoppers before they were jetted out to Afghanistan.

The campaign has now come to an end and organisers say they are “very proud” of what staff and customers have achieved.

Selina Wilson, community champion at the store, said: “We have had a great reaction to the campaign and are very thankful to everyone that has taken part.

“A few times a week I would have to carry the boxes down to the Post Office, so I’m glad it’s finished in a way! But it has all been worth it and hopefully they have helped those serving overseas.”

The Hartlepool store was made the hub for the region during the campaign, with people donating from as far afield as Bishop Auckland and Coulby Newham, in Middlesbrough,

All the boxes were sent to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, where hundreds of British soldiers are based during their fight against the Taliban in extreme temperatures.

Ms Wilson added: “Hartlepool has shown the way during the campaign as everything came through the store.

“We are very proud of what we have achieved.”