Serving military personnel are set to receive parcels full of Christmas cheer, thanks to a donation drive by the Lee Rigby Foundation. Festive ‘shoeboxes’ containing seasonal items are being collected and assembled ready for sending to soldiers serving abroad by Lyn Rigby.
Serving military personnel are set to receive parcels full of Christmas cheer, thanks to a donation drive by the Lee Rigby Foundation.
Festive ‘shoeboxes’ containing seasonal items are being collected and assembled ready for sending to soldiers serving abroad by Lyn Rigby.
Items for the Christmas boxes, along with complete boxes, have been donated by people across the Cheadle area and the UK, with parcels sent from Scotland and Kent.
Lyn set up the foundation, which is now based in Cheadle, to support military personnel after her son Lee – a drummer and machine-gunner in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers – was murdered outside Woolwich Barracks in 2013.
The Christmas presents will be sent to soldiers stationed abroad, including Estonia and Afghanistan, in time for Christmas.
Lyn said: “We started sending care parcels out in June and then decided to collect some for Christmas.
“I love doing it, I used to do it for Lee when he was away serving in Afghanistan. Most of the soldiers are on a sixth month tour and with Covid-19 at the moment, they can’t come home.
“Some of them don’t get parcels and we’ve had letters saying how much they appreciate getting something from home.”
Parcels and items to go in parcels are still being collected at The Lodge in Tean Road, Cheadle, while a wish list on Amazon provides a quick and easy way for supporters to donate items for the packages.
Lyn added: “People have been so generous. We’ve had donations and things like selection boxes and Christmas puddings sent from across the country.
“People in Cheadle have also been incredibly generous yet again, there is so much support. We’ve had two boxes from nine-year-old Georgia Moran from Cheadle that she’s made herself with face masks and other things for the women soldiers, it’s just been fantastic.
“The boxes are a boost for morale while the soldiers are away and I just want to thank everybody in Cheadle and the surrounding areas for their generosity.
“It’s helped me going forward, it’s a really hard time for me, but it’s giving me a purpose in helping others. I can’t thank people enough for their generosity and knowing that they are thinking of our soldiers.”
For more details, or to find out how to donate, telephone 01538 702949.
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