Shoeboxes will help soldiers who feel like they have been forgotten

Members from Kettering's Ladies First gym are sending parcels of gifts to troops in Afghanistan, to some who never receive any letters from home.
Members from Kettering's Ladies First gym are sending parcels of gifts to troops in Afghanistan, to some who never receive any letters from home.

The wife of a soldier serving in Afghanistan has started a campaign to send parcels to British troops in the country who do not receive any communication from home.

Sophie Merifield, of Kettering, has encouraged people to fill up shoeboxes with items like non-perishable food, toiletries, magazines and games.

Her husband James, a bombardier, will help distribute them to troops with no other correspondence. Sophie said: “I think sometimes they think they have been forgotten about a bit.”

She has also thanked Clarks shoe shop for donating boxes. Anyone who can help can drop their packed shoeboxes – which should not be sealed and should not weigh more than 2kg – into the Ladies First Fitness Club in Montagu Street, Kettering.

Empty boxes can also be picked up from the fitness club.