Please send a parcel to my girl in Afghanistan!
A Westward Ho! man is hoping the generous people of North Devon will help boost the morale of his soldier medic girlfriend and her comrades while they are serving in Afghanistan. John Craig is keen to provide Corporal Sarah Marriott, currently serving as
A Westward Ho! man is hoping the generous people of North Devon will help boost the morale of his soldier medic girlfriend and her comrades while they are serving in Afghanistan.
John Craig is keen to provide Corporal Sarah Marriott, currently serving as medic with a frontline unit of British infantry and Afghan forces, something to help her and her colleagues keep in touch with life back home.
He regularly sends Sarah, who is also from Westward Ho!, "morale boxes" of small gifts of normal everyday items such as sweets and magazines, to help provide a link to life away from the warzone.
They are always shared around amongst the rest of the troop, so goodwill parcels from home go a long way towards helping everybody.
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"Sarah isn't in Camp Bastion in the safety of a big camp, she is a medic for the infantry and out on patrol every day," said John.
"I can't give locations for obvious reasons but she is doing an extremely dangerous job. This is her first tour of Afghanistan, but in 2007 she was in Iraq and in Bosnia in 2005.
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"It would be nice if the general public could send a morale box now and again, a bag of sweets or magazine, something that will help keep her in some sort of contact.
"Things like magazines are so important. I don't think people realise how it affects the soldier's psychology and for me it's important for her to keep in touch with what is going on back here.
"I don't have that much contact with her while she is out there. She only gets 30 minutes a week to phone everyone she knows, whish isn't a lot of time."
Sarah has served with the Army since 2000 and is with the Royal Horse Artillery, but is currently attached to a mixed infantry unit.
The postage to send the parcels is free and if people would prefer to send something for the infantry unit as a whole, they can post it care of Corporal Marriott to the address below, but indicate it is for everybody.
Anyone who would like to send a parcel can freepost it to: Q1042542 Cpl Marriott, MED OMLT (BG), CAMP SHORABAC, OP Herrick 11, BFPO 792. The nature of operations means the mail may take a few weeks to reach its recipient.