Parents launch gift appeal for soldiers

Brentwood HousePeter & Denise Davison launching a Xmas Shoe Box Appeal for our serving Troops'PA1138-3a
Brentwood HousePeter & Denise Davison launching a Xmas Shoe Box Appeal for our serving Troops'PA1138-3a

CHRISTMAS can be a particularly difficult time for soldiers working in foreign war zones – so a couple of Bridlington hoteliers are doing their bit to help.

Pete and Denise Davison, of Brentwood House, have a son, Scott, 33, who is serving in Afghanistan.

Knowing he will not be home for Christmas, Pete has teamed up with Scott to organise a gift box appeal to send out presents to serving soldiers.

Dog handler Scott is a sergeant with a decade of operations under his belt, including tours of Kosovo, Bosnia, Beirut and Iraq, and he started his third six-month tour of Afghanistan in early September.

Pete has been liaising with him to launch a gift box appeal to send presents out to Scott’s comrades in time for Christmas.

Pete said: “Scott mentioned that Christmas is one of the worst times to be out there because that is when they tend to have a bit more time on their hands and they get a few bits and pieces from home, but you are limited to what you can send to them.

“Christmas can be a very lonely time for them over there so we thought, what can we do?”

Pete decided to launch a gift box appeal and his son Scott will help distribute the boxes among the soldiers in his Afghanistan base.

The appeal has been kick-started by Ian Taylor of the recently opened It’s A Joke shop in Princess Terrace, who donated plenty of treats to raise some smiles.

Bridlington residents are invited to fill boxes with gifts, excluding aerosols, alcohol and chocolate, and drop them off at Brentwood House, 42 Princess Terrace, from where they will then be sent on to Afghanistan in October.