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Festive goodies cheer for troops

Youngsters at Giggles Nursery in Lytham are packing Christmas boxes for soliders based in Afghanistan over the festive period. Pictured with Hayley Turner (left) and Hayley Florence are L-R: George Morse, Sophia Taylor, Armenia Gougazian, Sam Morse and Daisy Williamson.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 29-11-2013

Youngsters at Giggles Nursery in Lytham are packing Christmas boxes for soliders based in Afghanistan over the festive period. Pictured with Hayley Turner (left) and Hayley Florence are L-R: George Morse, Sophia Taylor, Armenia Gougazian, Sam Morse and Daisy Williamson. PIC BY ROB LOCK 29-11-2013

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.

 

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