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Letter from Afghanistan
Tuesday 18th August, 2009

Letter from Afghanistan
May Smith and Joan Belfield prepare the parcels for Afghanistan

Residents at CLS care home, Golborne House on Derby Road in Golborne, received a very special letter from Lance Corporal “Eddy” Edmunds of the Royal Engineers Search Team (REST) in Afghanistan, thanking them for the welfare parcels they sent to his team. Residents filled the parcels with toiletries, sun creams and snacks, and added personal thank you cards to show their appreciation and support.

Karen Alford, Home Manager at Golborne House, explains how this came about: “Lorraine Marshall, our Activity Coordinator, has a son in the army. The residents often ask Lorraine how her son is doing and this prompted a discussion about the troubles in Afghanistan and the recent number of soldiers being killed. The residents decided that they would like to do something for the soldiers out there to let them know that we are all thinking of them back home and how proud we are of them.

“So, Lorraine spoke to her son and he suggested welfare parcels. When Lorraine relayed this back to the residents they all thought it was a good idea. The next thing we knew, we had several parcels filled with toiletries, biscuits, crisps and sweets, ready to send to our lads and lasses serving in Afghanistan.”

The residents were delighted and, of course, very touched by the letter they received from Lance Corporal Edmunds. In it he said: “I am writing to thank you for the welfare parcels I received from you. They were shared amongst the team and they were greatly appreciated by all of us. We got the parcels at a difficult time and they boosted morale hugely. I’d like to thank you for the time and effort you’ve put into sending them. We realise you don’t have to send them but you did it out of the kindness of your hearts.”

Lance Corporal Edmunds then went on to tell the home a bit more about himself, so that they knew who was receiving their packages and so that they weren’t, as he said ‘strangers’, before thanking them once again for sending the parcels and for supporting the troops as a whole.

Residents and staff have since replied to the letter, letting Lance Corporal Edmunds know how proud they were of the armed forces in Afghanistan, and wishing him and all of the servicemen and women a safe and speedy return home to their loved ones.

Residents, relatives and staff are now busy collecting items for a second batch of welfare parcels to send to Afghanistan.

Karen concludes: “There are six REST teams in Afghanistan and our aim is to ensure that they all receive at least one parcel. We now have a large box, over-spilling with items ready to send over.”

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