School joins forces with cadets to help soldiers overseas

Mexborough school pupils with shoe boxes they have collected to send to troops abroad.
Mexborough school pupils with shoe boxes they have collected to send to troops abroad.

SCHOOL pupils in Mexborough have joined forces with army cadets to launch a second appeal for donations to help serving soldiers overseas this Christmas.

Windhill Primary School and Mexborough Army Cadet Force want people to contribute to the Shoe Box Appeal, which provides shoe boxes full of goodies to our Armed Forces currently serving on operations abroad.

The partnership comes after the cadets built ties with the school by raising £800 for repairs and new equipment after the school was hit by an arson attack earlier this year.

Staff and pupils returned the favour by gathering around 60 shoe boxes for the cadets’ first appeal. Both the school and cadets have now issued a second appeal to try and gather as much aid as possible.

Headteacher Jeanette Guy said: “We were so grateful the cadets’ help at a time when we really needed it so we were only too happy to help them in return. “The pupils have really enjoyed gathering the shoe boxes and we are still collecting. I would like as many people as possible to get behind the appeal for our forces.”

The cadet detachment’s commander, staff sergeant instructor Mark Davies, added: “We were very conscious that another appeal to the local community, this time to help our troops who are away over Christmas, was asking a lot. But, we’ve already had such a great response – to both appeals – and ask anyone who feel they can help us to get in touch.

“Our chosen regiment to send the shoe boxes to is the Royal Dragoon Guards, who were extremely appreciative the last time we did this, when we managed to send off approximately 500 boxes. 

“It was brilliant for all the cadets and adult volunteers to know we have done our part and that it was so much appreciated. We just hope we can do even more boxes this year.”

To donate to the Shoe Box Appeal, ring 01377 253548 or call in to the detachment base on Highwoods Road, Mexborough.