Toddlers’ gifts are a tonic for the troops

Nursery Rhymes Cardigan Road'Children making care packages for the Yorkshire Regiment'pictured children with some of the items to be sent'PA1212-12
Nursery Rhymes Cardigan Road'Children making care packages for the Yorkshire Regiment'pictured children with some of the items to be sent'PA1212-12

SOLDIERS in Afghanistan are being cheered up by care packages thanks to Bridlington’s Nursery Rhymes day nursery.

Nursery nurse Charlotte Evans is friends with a corporal in the 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, which tragically lost five of its members last month.

She said: “Soon after the beginning of their tour in Afghanistan the batallion had that dreadful loss of life.

“They needed a big morale boost, so we wanted to do something to let them know that we were thinking of them.”

Charlotte spoke to the parents of the children who attend the nursery, and they were keen to support her idea of sending out packages to cheer up the men.

Charlotte said: “The parents have brought in all sorts of things to send out – sweets, toiletries, pot noodles, magazines – things that will give them a bit of a boost, and let them know that people over here are thinking about them.

“My friend explained that there were quite a few lads out there who never got parcels from home, so this way they’ll get something to cheer them up.

“They’ve had a tough few weeks, we wanted to at least do something for them.”

With 12 parcels already posted and another ten ready to go, the toddlers and their families have made a generous gesture of support for the armed forces.

The five soldiers died on routine patrol when their Warrior armoured vehicle was blown up on March 6. A sixth soldier, from the Duke of Lancaster Regiment, died in the same incident, bringing the British death toll in Afghanistan to 404.