Troops given lift by generous shoppers

Left to right:  Mr Peter White,  a British Army veteran, Jane Byers, a Thank The Forces volunteer, Sue Smith, charity founder and chair of trustees for Thank The Forces charity, and Jim Johnson an RAF veteran.

Left to right: Mr Peter White, a British Army veteran, Jane Byers, a Thank The Forces volunteer, Sue Smith, charity founder and chair of trustees for Thank The Forces charity, and Jim Johnson an RAF veteran.

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SHOPPERS at a St Leonards supermarket helped raise hundreds of pounds for a charity which supports servicemen and women in Afghanistan.

Volunteers from Thank The Forces (TTF) were out in force at Asda in Silverhill, handing out information about the charity and manning a tombola.

And as well as £308.85 raised on the day, the store also donated six shopping trolleys full of sweets, biscuits and treats which will now be sent to British troops serving on the front line.

Thank The Forces is based in nearby Hailsham and was started in December 2007 by an Eastbourne born soldier’s mum, Sue Smith.

She formed the charity after her son Carl told her how regular news from home boosted morale and how many of his colleagues received next to no letters.

Since then she has worked hard to establish the charity, which relies on charitable donations.

Sue said: “I am overwhelmed and touched by the positive reception and warm welcome Thank The Forces Charity has received in St Leonards.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who dug deep into their pockets and helped to raise such a fantastic amount of money that will be spent on morale-boosting gifts for the troops.

“Their kindness will result in some very big smiles on the faces of our brave soldiers, who are working very hard in difficult and austere conditions in Afghanistan.”