Academy’s Christmas gifts for heroes

Thomas Clarkson Academy shoebox appeal
Thomas Clarkson Academy shoebox appeal
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Staff, students and families from Wisbech’s Thomas Clarkson Academy have spent the last month filling boxes with presents to be shipped to troops serving in Afghanistan.

An appeal was made by PE teacher Liz Knowles following a conversation with her brother, a Sgt Major in the 9th/12th.

She said: “My brother told me that some of the soldiers he was serving with had received no mail, parcels or communication from home and had been deployed in September. He wanted everyone he is in charge of to have something to open on Christmas day, no matter how small, so he asked for gifts for the Royal Lancers, who he is currently with on his eighth tour of duty.

“My fiancé is also a serving Royal Marine and many of our staff and students have links to our armed forces. The men and women in our armed forces do a great job and it broke my heart to think that on Christmas morning they would have nothing to open.”

Miss Knowles appealed for contributions so she could send boxes of treats and was overwhelmed with the generous response.

Thomas Clarkson showed its support and filled over 100 shoe boxes with goodies. The Academy said a special thank you to the local branches of Tesco, Asda and Brantano for their donations, along with many other individuals who helped with contributions, wrapping and packing.