TROOPS spending Easter away from home have been given a surprise – thanks to a Rainbow group from Dorridge.
On Easter Sunday soldiers, sailors, airmen and women of the headquarters of 19 Light Brigade gathered at St Martin’s Church, at their base in the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan to celebrate Easter.
But out of the blue that morning they had received a special treat when an envelope full of posters and letters arrived at the camp.
The posters, all hand-made and hand-written, were from children from 3rd Knowle Rainbow Group, Dorridge.
The envelope had been sent to Padre Phillip McCormack, the senior chaplain of 19 Light Brigade, which has just taken over responsibility for the UK troops in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan.
Padre McCormack said: “The work and effort put into these posters, cards and letters was hugely appreciated by everyone who received them. That these young children would think of us at this special season was deeply moving.
“Reading them you get a lump in your throat. In a very tangible way, the work of these school children made Easter even more memorable.”
The posters have now all found pride of place on the wall of St Martin’s Church and many soldiers are now writing back to the pupils to say thank you.
Over 6000 troops from 19 Light Brigade, based largely in Northern Ireland have deployed to Afghanistan in the last few weeks, taking over command of Task Force Helmand in Southern Afghanistan, from 3 Commando Brigade.
The Brigade will be responsible for building security, stability and reconstruction, predominantly in Helmand Province to help develop better standards of governance and ultimately improve the day to day lives of the Afghan people.
On Easter Sunday soldiers, sailors, airmen and women of 19 Light Brigade gathered at St Martin’s Church, Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan to celebrate Easter.