SOS festive appeal

GENEROUS . . . Peter Ferguson (left) hands over his first batch of donations to David Eagle of Co-operative Funeralcare.
GENEROUS . . . Peter Ferguson (left) hands over his first batch of donations to David Eagle of Co-operative Funeralcare.
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MOTHERWELL and Bellshill residents are being encouraged to send a Christmas gift to troops in Afghanistan.

The Support Our Soldiers appeal has teamed up with Co-operative Funeralcare to provide local drop-off points for donations.

Organisers are hoping members of the community will donate festive themed gifts, such as Christmas puddings and selection packets, or essential items such as toiletries and socks.

Regional co-ordinator Lynn O’Brien said: “Over the festive season many of our troops will not be home and some have little or no family contact.

“So we want to make Christmas Day a special day for everyone by sending out our special ‘Christmas Cheer Box’ full of a taste of home and a present for them to open.”

Among the first to donate to the cause was Motherwell man Peter Ferguson, father of Guardsman Stephen Ferguson, who passed away in December 2007.

Stephen died, aged 31, in a UK hospital after sustaining injuries in a non-battle incident in Basra.

For the full story, see this week’s Times & Speaker - out on Wednesday.