Prior Wallaz 4214 crew have completed a self-set mission to fill 60 shoe boxes to send to British servicemen and women in Afghanistan.
Crew chair Shani Wood explained: “We were told by our mentors about a young boy from our community who was serving in Afghanistan, and that some servicemen and women do not get sent shoe boxes from home.
“Our crew found this very sad and decided to ask locals to help us send out the boxes.”
Donations came from locals on the Prior Park estate, Spittal First School, Berwick Rotary, The Red Cross, Saints Hair and Beauty and members of the Prior Wallaz 4214 crew and the Prior Park Residents Association, with the shoe boxes donated by local shops,
The Wallaz packed their final shoes boxes last Tuesday, filling them with letters, written by themselves, to each serviceman and woman.
One four-year-old boy visited a local army camp before the shoe boxes went out and has now decided he wants to be a soldier.
He wrote about this in his letter in the hope that one day he will meet the serviceman he wrote to, and see if he liked the full box of kids sweets, ice pops and water balloons he sent.
A six-year-old girl wrote about her favourite meals and told them they were to get the best Sunday dinner when they come home.
She filled her box with things that resembled her – a note pad and pens to draw, a book, pasta, and yes, more sweets!
The boxes were collected by Debbie and the Rev Steve Edge from Sunderland shoe box appeal last Wednesday morning.
The boxes left Berwick at 10am, and the Prior Wallaz crew was told that they would reach Afganistan by the following week.