Turkeys for Troops launched for British soldiers

Thanks to generous donations from turkey producers all over the UK, injured British soldiers will be tucking into home-grown turkey dinners this Christmas.

This year the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and its turkey website teamed up with Connect Packaging to launch a ‘Turkeys for Troops’ campaign and with the help of the Ministry of Defence, scores of soldiers will be fed their Christmas Day meal.  

Farmers will be delivering turkeys to Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, Headley Court in Surrey, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, the Royal Star and Garter in Richmond, the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, as well as units in Colchester and Edinburgh. The NFU is expecting up to 1,200 dinners to be served as a results of the efforts made by the industry.

Clive Wreathall is a turkey farmer from Kent and has given support to the cause. Turkeys for Troops has extra meaning to Wreathall, as his son Scott Wreathall will be going to the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst for training. Clive Wreathall said: “We are only too pleased to be supporting Turkeys for Troops, particularly as my eldest son, who is 21 years old, is about to join the Army. Our Armed Services personnel deserve our full support.”

Of the support Lt Col Mel Pears, commanding officer of the 15x (NE) Personnel Recovery Unit in Catterick, said: “On behalf of every soldier under my command, I would like to say thank you to the NFU. The wounded, injured and sick of the 15x (NE) PRU are very pleased with this practical demonstration of support, a gift of turkeys this Christmas.

“It will provide happiness and comfort to each family during what will be a reflective and emotional time. I would like to add my personal thanks to those involved with providing this gift – knowing that people are thinking of our injured troops at this time makes a real difference.”

President of the NFU Peter Kendall spoke of the organisation’s pride in the generosity shown by the turkey producers who have donated to the campaign. He said: “From the farmers, to the Ministry of Defence and to our packaging partners, there has been nothing but genuine goodwill behind the idea of Turkeys for Troops. We sincerely hope they enjoy tucking into some really fantastic British produce for their Christmas meals.”

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