ROYAL Mail have collected 176 boxes to send off to troops in Afghanistan, following a successful parcel-packing event organised by Chester MP Stephen Mosley.

Residents, councillors and businesses came out in force at the event to help pack the parcels to send off to British troops serving abroad.

The parcel-packing event was organised by Mr Mosley as a way of showing Chester’s appreciation for all that our troops do.

Stephen had a marquee in Chester’s Town Hall Square earlier this month, where Chester residents, as well as visitors to the city, helped to pack the parcels.

The event was also supported by local businesses, including MBNA, Frodsham Street Tesco, Chester Conservatives, Costco and the Amber Lounge, who all donated items to be packed or money to purchase treats for the troops.

Mr Mosley said: “This was a fantastic way for the people of Chester to show our appreciation to our troops and to thank them for all that they do.

“The response we got from both residents and businesses was incredible. We packed nearly 200 boxes full of goodies and messages of support, which is a brilliant effort!

“I know that these parcels will mean an awful lot to our troops and I was pleased to see this fantastic cause so well supported.”

The parcels will now be dispatched to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, where boxes will be distributed to soldiers serving on the front line.