Youngsters at a Lytham nursery are all set to bring Christmas cheer to soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
The children at Giggles in Ballam Road have been busy decorating boxes and packing them with a host of festive goodies after staff at the nursery spotted an appeal on the social networking site Facebook.
Hayley Turner, the nursery’s room leader, said: “There was a suggestion on Facebook that as people write their Christmas cards this year, they fill out another one and send it out to the soldiers in Afghanistan to let them know that we are thinking of them back home,
“I talked about it with my colleague Sian Stewart, leader of our pre-school room, who is married to a soldier, and we decided to try and do even better than that with the help of the children.
“We started around Remembrance Day by making poppies and have been working on the boxes since.
“There are Christmas crackers, santa hats, reindeer hats and calendars as well as cards, all made by the children to show the soldiers that they will be in our thoughts this Christmas while they are serving over there and can’t be with their families.
“The children have really enjoyed the project and we are all delighted with the finished parcels, which we will now send off to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.”
Sian’s husband James returned from a seven-month tour in Afghanistan with the 2nd battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in October.
She said: “The parcels will be really appreciated by the soldiers. It gives them a real lift to know that we are thinking of them back at home and looking forward to them all coming back soon safe and sound.”
Giggles has more than 100 youngsters on it roll and Hayley said it is already intended to put together similar packages next year, possibly even at times other than Christmas.