Christmas kindness can delay troops’ family mail

A soldier unloads mail at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan'Picture MOD/Cpl Mike O'Neill RLC
A soldier unloads mail at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan'Picture MOD/Cpl Mike O'Neill RLC
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The armed forces yesterday asked well wishers not to send unsolicited Christmas gifts and mail to units overseas because it delays personal family mail.

Head of BFPO, Colonel Stephen Heron, said: “Every year we see first-hand the generosity of the British public and though the sentiment is to be welcomed it can cause problems in delivering the mail that matters most – that from servicemen and servicewomen’s families.”

He asked people wanting to send gifts to use a charity like uk4u-Thanks, whose packages are sent using spare capacity in aircraft, or make a donation to a forces charity. Visit www.uk4u.org