Christmas arrives for soldiers in Iraq

PUBLISHED: 13:49 05 December 2007 | UPDATED: 13:07 04 May 2010

Tracey Bradbury and her soldier son Martin and some of the shoe boxes being sent abroad.

Tracey Bradbury and her soldier son Martin and some of the shoe boxes being sent abroad.

BRITISH soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands will receive Christmas gifts thanks to the generosity of local donators. About 100 shoe boxes of gifts including books, magazines, toiletries and sweets have been collected by people in the El

BRITISH soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands will receive Christmas gifts thanks to the generosity of local donators.

About 100 shoe boxes of gifts including books, magazines, toiletries and sweets have been collected by people in the Ely area.

They will be put together with donations made across the country and flown out this weekend.

Tracey Bradbury, from Little Downham is the Ely area co-ordinator for Support Our Soldiers.

She became involved in the charity after her son Martin, 20, served in Afghanistan for six months.

Ms Bradbury said: "Martin is on six months' leave at the moment but I expect that he will have to go out there again at some point. He received gifts from the charity when he was in Afghanistan and he told me that it really helped to raise spirits. These people are out there risking their lives so it is really important that we do what we can to help."

She added: "I would like to thank Ely Army Cadets and Ridgeons Anglia for their support and everyone that has donated to this very worthwhile cause.

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