Troops' goody box appeal nears milestone

A MISSION to recognise the bravery of British troops fighting abroad is today edging closer to a special milestone.

A MISSION to recognise the bravery of British troops fighting abroad is today edging closer to a special milestone.

Kind-hearted Sally Brame has boosted the morale of scores of soldiers in Afghanistan since launching her goody box aid effort in 2007.

She is fast approaching her 4,000th parcel - but she is determined to continue and today renewed her appeals to the public to keep donating items.

Mrs Brame said: “I'm desperate to let people know I am still collecting items for the boxes.

“The troops are so grateful - their appreciation is outstanding and it blows my mind.

“I never imagined the appeal would get as big as it has but the troops are desperate for it.”

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Scottie Mcleod, a sergeant from the Black Watch, was so touched by Mrs Brame's efforts that he turned up on her front doorstep recently and delivered a crystal decanter and glasses from his regiment as a thank you.

Mrs Brame said: “I sobbed when he presented me with the gift.

“It's something I will treasure forever.”

Mrs Brame, who thanked the Asda superstore for allowing her to collect in store, is being assisted by friend Max Skene.

Those wishing to donate items for the boxes - which can contain anything from shower gel to boiled sweets - can drop them off at 31 Brookfield Road, Ipswich, or call 01473 742024.

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