Members of the public are being asked to show their support through Service charities at Christmas rather than overloading the British Forces Post Office with unsolicited mail to Afghanistan.
It is now just over 90 days until Christmas, and in the run-up to the festive season the BFPO receives a high volume of gifts and parcels to be sent on to personnel on operations – primarily Afghanistan, but also all around the world, including Royal Navy ships.
Every year we see first-hand the generosity of the British public and though the sentiment is to be welcomed it can cause problems in delivering the mail that matters most – that from Servicemen and Servicewomen’s families. Getting this post through to them is our absolute priority, particularly at this time of year.
It is far better for people who want to show their support for our Armed Forces to donate to recognised Service charities. The Armed Forces are asking the public once again to show their support by making donations to approved charities such as the uk4u Thanks! Christmas Box appeal.
The appeal has sent festive boxes to personnel for seven years and ensures a present ‘on behalf of the nation’ is sent at Christmas to every Serviceman and woman working overseas. People can donate to this and other charities to show their support and appreciation. uk4u sends them all a Christmas Box filled with Christmas gifts which are useful and fun items. This year over 18,000 boxes will be sent all over the world, using spare space in military transport.
Head of BFPO, Col Stephen Heron