A SOLIHULL charity was overwhelmed by the generosity of local people over the festive period.
Troopaid - which provides the basics for injured soldiers - was inundated with packages from big-hearted residents. Last month, the Solihull Times joined the charity in calling for people to donate clothes, toiletries and luxury items.
The response was admirable and residents brought parcels and bags to the Solihull Times offices and the Troopaid headquarters. Many of these items have already been sent overseas and the remainder of donations were collected from our premises in Solihull High Street this week. These last offerings will be flown to Iraq and Afghanistan within the next few days.
Al Sutton, one of three men who founded Troopaid, said: “The Solihull people have been good to Troopaid in so many ways. So many residents have supported us, not just in the borough but across the whole of the Midlands.
“The bulk of the items go to Afghanistan, but we want to help people who have been injured in any theatre of war - because British soldiers are fighting all around the world.
“What people don’t always realise when they hear that someone has been killed in a conflict, is that there are often five or six other people who have been badly injured in the attack.”
If you have items that you want to donate call 0121 711 3028, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.troopaid.co.uk.