A CARE home based in Wrexham is helping to provide gifts from home to soldiers fighting on the frontline in Afghanistan.
Staff and residents at Pendine Park are sending goodie boxes with treats to troops in the Helmand Province.
Among those helping include 93- year-old Margaret Ellis, who served as a nurse in Northern France in the Second World War.
Margaret was nicknamed Sister Spitfire by German Prisoners of War because of her forthright attitude and spirit.
The gifts campaign was inspired by Private Neil Carrington, now engaged to the daughter of Ann Chapman, the manager of Pendine Park’s Cae Bryn Care Home.
Ann came up with the idea after hearing parcels sent by her daughter, Sarah, to Neil went down a treat, many of his colleagues were not receiving any.
Ann said: “Sarah was sending boxes to Neil every day with little goodies – anything she thought he might like.
“But there are soldiers on the frontline and they don’t get anything and according to Neil they look devastated.
“If anybody else wants to send boxes there are collection points at the Wheatsheaf pub, Gwersyllt and Mecca Bingo, Wrexham, have agreed to support us too. We’re getting the boxes from Medina Shoes.”
Private Neil, 40, was delighted to meet Sister Spitfire and the rest of the supporters at Pendine Park before he left.
He said: “What the people at Pendine Park are doing is lovely. The boxes are a big morale boost.”
Margaret said: “Neil is a fine young man and I wish him and his colleagues all the best in Afghanistan. I hope the boxes are going to help make their time a little easier.”