The Kingsclere branch of the Royal British Legion have been busy sorting and packing Christmas parcels for British Servicemen and women who will be away from their families this Christmas.
The preparations culminated in a packing and posting session on Saturday the 17th November where 128 parcels were put together at The Crown, Kingsclere, thanks to Suzanne and Nigel Windmill’s kind permission to turn their function room into a scene akin to an elf’s workshop.
Mark Holden, Chairman of the Kingsclere branch of the Royal British Legion said; “I have first hand experience of being overseas at Christmas and away from family and friends and opening a parcel sent from home really does make a difference to moral and remind you that people are thinking of you”.
The parcels are typically funded by donations from people living in and around Kingsclere but this year the shipment will be even bigger than normal. “A generous donation of goods from the Hungerford Lodge of Freemasons, coordinated by their Charity Steward, Nick Stephens, meant that more boxes than expected were posted to a number of locations worldwide”.
The branch members were supported by people from across the village in the task with many villagers donating boxes and items, including the Kingsclere Guides and Scout packs who each put together 12 boxes.
The parcels contained a mixture of sweets, chocolates, toiletries and Christmas hats and games.