Business boost for boxes campaign

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A BUSINESS has given a massive boost to the 177 (Blackpool Airport) Squadron Air Cadets’ campaign to send comfort boxes to British troops in Afghanistan.

UPLM Ltd, based on Bradshaw Lane, Kirkham and recently named North West Manufacturer of the Year and North West Business of The Year, donated hundreds of small toiletries and sanitary products to keep Our Boys (and girls) in top shape for their mission.

The massive windfall has already helped to fill up more than 50 boxes to kick-start the annual campaign in style.

But the young cadets, who put together around 350 boxes filled with goodies last year, are hoping for further support from the public and are urging people to donate to their fantastic cause.

Warrant Officer Sue Windridge who is leading the project for the Cadets, said: “It’s a tremendous campaign and what we’re looking for is the support of the public.

“We need new items, however big or small, to help fill up the boxes and provide something of value.

“People can donate anything as long as they are new and non-perishable items. It’s important that they don’t contain glass too.

“We’re raising awareness and the cadets are doing everything they can but all donations from members of the public and business, such as the incredibly generous donation from the team at UPLM, would be very welcome.”

The cadets were recently visited by Mark Menzies MP, a keen supporter of the campaign, who has also urged people to support them.

He said: “This is a terrific cause and praise must go to Flt Lt Nickson, Warrant Officer Windridge, the cadets and all the organisers for their hard work.

“I would urge people to support them by donating anything they can.”

To donate please call (01253 403664), email oc.177@aircadets.org or deliver/post to (177 SQN HQ, Blackpool Airport, behind the Air Centre Hanger on Monday and Thursday evenings.

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