Charity plea for shoeboxes

Karen Larder from Costcutter Heanor and Chris Webster from Afghan Heroes.
Karen Larder from Costcutter Heanor and Chris Webster from Afghan Heroes.

A DERBYSHIRE man is appealing to shoppers to get behind a Shoebox Appeal for our frontline soldiers.

Chris Webster, of Chaddesden, is shown here outside the recently opened Costcutter store in Heanor.

The 37-year-old is the co-ordinating the region’s yearly Afghan Heroes charity appeal, which aims to collect as many shoeboxes filled with useful items and treats as possible to send to serving soldiers in Afghanistan.

Members of the public can drop empty shoeboxes into a number of stores in Ripley and Heanor, including Costcutter on Heanor’s Market Place.

You can also donate items such as chewing gum, toothbrushes, sweet, mints, biscuits, nuts tinned foods, bug-spray, magazines and DVDs at participating retailers.

Rolls-Royce worker Chris said he has collected 139 shoe boxes from the area already.

“I’ve just got a strong interest in helping the armed forces,” he added. “My best friend is in the RAF and I think they deserve a bit of credit for what they are doing.

“At the moment I’m getting a tremendous response.”