PARCEL number 200 packed full of treats and toiletries for troops has been sent out to Afghanistan by an Ilkeston mum as the campaign draws to a close.
Julie Middleton decided to start sending the shoeboxes to the frontline after her sons, who have both served in Afghanistan, told her that some soldiers don’t receive mail from home.
She said: “I just found it so upsetting to think that some of these lads and girls don’t get anything sent out to them so I decided to start collecting toiletries, sweets, magazines – all different things, and send them out myself.”
Thanks to the generosity of Ilkeston people 200 shoeboxes have been sent to the frontline since January 2010.
Shoppers have dropped items off at Sweet Memories on Bath Street and Hair by Anne on Cotmanhay Road for Julie to collect and box up.
And some of the soldiers who received the boxes wrote to Julie personally to thank her for her efforts.
But after a year-long effort Julie has decided it’s time for her to stop sending the items.
She said: “People have been amazing, they’ve been so, so generous. Since we started the campaign my spare room’s been full of all of the lovely things that people have been donating.
“I’ve not been very well lately and had a spell in hospital so after speaking to my husband I decided it was time to call it a day.
“After sending 200 boxes I feel like I’ve done my bit now.”