09:30 Friday 27 December 2013

Museum staff back festive troop campaign

Written byMARK MCKAY

STAFF, volunteers and visitors at a museum which commemorates soldiers from Burton have helped to deliver festive cheer to troops serving away from home this Christmas.

Workers and well-wishers at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, based at Whittington Barracks, have undertaken the mammoth task of packing a welfare boxes for troops in 3 and 4 Mercian regiments.

A box containing items such as books, toothpaste, t-shirts and snacks will be delivered to every soldier who is currently on tour in Afghanistan.

The items had been collected after the museum answered an appeal from Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher.

The items were gathered at the museum where staff and volunteers spent more than four hours packing more than 700 boxes.

Kind-hearted Burton residents helped to raise 200 boxes for an identical campaign launched by the town’s MP Andrew Griffiths and backed by the Mail.

As part of the campaign, much sought after items such as snacks and toiletries were donated into a box in Coopers Square shopping centre.

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