Treats go out to our troops

First batch of shoeboxes are delivered to troops on the frontline.
First batch of shoeboxes are delivered to troops on the frontline.

The first batch of festive goodies have been sent out to troops on the front line.

Shoeboxes crammed with gifts have been donated to the Treats for Troops campaign, launched by Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning earlier this month.

He said: “As ever the response to the Treats for Troops campaign has been great. I am delighted to be sending over these parcels so that the troops will receive them in time for Christmas.

“I know that our donations are really appreciated and I have received many messages saying thank you and many donors have received personal messages as well.

“Our dedicated servicemen and women are in Afghanistan to help restore peace and establish democracy. I know that it will be of great comfort to them to know that the people back home are thinking of them and supporting them in this very worthwhile cause.”

Mr Penning also gave thanks to the Hemel Hempstead Lions for their help packing parcels.

There is still time to donate to the Treats for Troops campaign – the deadline for parcels to be in is this Friday.

What to do:

Shoeboxes should be a maximum weight of 2kg, with one surface at least 90mm x 140mm. Maximum length, depth and width should be 900mm, with the greatest single dimension not more than 600mm.

There are a wide range of items you may wish to include in a shoebox parcel. Suitable suggestions include toiletries, savoury snacks, packet soups, cereal bars, confectionery, clothing, books, magazines, pens, sun screen, batteries and a message of support. If your parcel’s content would better suit a female soldier, please mark ‘F’ on the outside.

What not to include: Aerosols, pornographic literature and explosives.

Drop off points for shoeboxes:

Parcels should be deposited unsealed at one of the following,

n Mike Penning’s office, 6th Floor, Hamilton House, Marlowes (opposite former Market Square), tel: 01442 450444.

n Hemel Hempstead Conservatives, Davidson House, 168 Queensway, 01442 255034

n Dacorum Borough Council, Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

n Hemel Hempstead Gazette Office, 39 Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead HP1 1LH

n Hobletts Manor Infants’ and Nursery School, Adeyfield Road, Hemel Hempstead

n Bennetts End Community Centre Café, (inside the Community Centre), Bennetts End

n Highfield Community Centre

n Kings Langley: The Villager, Charter Court, Vicarage Lane

n Markyate: Tates Coaches Office, 44 High Street

n Potten End: Anna Barnard, 9 Hempstead Lane, 01442 874760

n Little Gaddesden: Heather Mole, 35 Ringshall, 01442 842185

To find out more visit www.penning4hemel.com