Kind-hearted villagers help troops

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A VILLAGE shop has sent more than 700 boxes of gifts to troops in Afghanistan.

The Londis store in Braunston has been collecting items, such as toothbrushes, bags of crisps and sweets and jigsaws, since April 2007 and has now sent a total of 741 boxes.

Val Worral, who set up the scheme, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the response, not just this year, but we have had for the past three years.

“I am ever so grateful to Angela and Wayne at the store for allowing us to use it as a collection point.”

Mrs Worral receives regular letters from the troops who receive the boxes.

She added: “One of the letters said that the crews relished when the packages arrived. It is nice to know the efforts of everyone in the village are appreciated.”

She also told the Daventry Express the scheme will carry on as long as the boxes are needed.

“We will carry on sending the boxes out until the troops come home from Afghanistan because it is a worthy cause,” she said.