Family’s festive gift for son’s squadron in Afghanistan

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A mum whose son is on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan is hoping to bring a touch of festive joy to him and his squadron by sending out shoeboxes stuffed with treats.

Trudy Roberts, family and friends have been collecting small luxuries and essentials such as toiletries, to fill the mountain of boxes which squaddies will be able to unwrap at Christmas and know that someone is thinking of them and appreciates their efforts.

Trudy’s son Tim, a forward medic on a Chinook helicopter which flies to the aid of injured soliders, only got married a few months ago to new wife Louise in Koh Samui, Thailand.

He returned to Afghanistan last month and is not expected to return until June.

Trudy said: “He wasn’t supposed to be going until after Christmas but it was brought forward so we just wanted to do something to take Christmas to him and the rest of his squadron.

“This is Tim’s third tour of Afghanistan and as a mum it gets harder each time as you feel you are pushing your luck every time he goes back. But we have heard from him a couple of times and he said all is well.”

Trudy and husband Jonathan have been helped in efforts to fill the boxes by neighbours Julia and Darren Smith, among others, and the final touches were put to them – ready for shipping out to Afghanistan – at a small gathering at Trudy’s home in Pennygate, Spalding.