Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Suffolk school shows support - Sidegate Primary pupils backing the Forces

Children have penned messages and poems of support to be sent to their local Regiment serving in Afghanistan. Pupils from Sidegate Primary School in Ipswich wrote "Blueys" after a talk from a mother of a serving soldier.
The 90 year-four pupils responded by writing their own morale boosting messages which were handed over on May 19th to representatives from 23 Engineer Regiment (Air Assault) Royal Engineers based at Woodbridge. The Regiment currently has 350 troops deployed in Afghanistan and will post the letters on to them and their families.
Headteacher Andrew Waterman said: "I think it is an amazing event where we have a link up with our local regiment so that our school can show support for the families and troops serving overseas." Padre Stephen Hancock said: "For the soldiers it is a massive boost to morale and makes them realise they are not forgotten about."
Teresa Theobald, from Ipswich, who gave the talk to the pupils, gained national recognition for her successful campaign to cut the postage so free parcels could be sent out to serving soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. She said: "I am really impressed with the children. This was to raise awareness that there are troops families in the local area whose loved ones are serving overseas and there are kids just like the year fours whose father or mother is serving away and missing occasions like their Birthdays."

Well done, Teresa!

[ hat tip to Archant on behalf of Parcels43 ]