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Home comforts for Afghan troops

Denise Harris
Denise Harris set up the charity after her son was killed in Afghanistan

Thousands of boxes containing treats and practical items for servicemen and women in Afghanistan are being packed up by volunteers in Somerset.

The project is being co-ordinated by Denise Harris, from Shepton Mallet, who set up the charity Afghan Heroes after the death of her son, Cpl Lee Scott.

The 10,000 parcels will be sent to troops on Sunday to arrive in time for Armed Forces Day on 26 June.

The boxes include items such as shower gel, toothpaste, chocolate and DVDs.

Ms Harris set up the charity with other bereaved mothers who say more should be done to help those who have lost loved ones in Afghanistan and also those on the front line.

Ms Harris, whose 26-year-old son was killed in an explosion in Helmand Province on 10 July 2009, said: "I'm doing it for him and for his fellow brothers and sisters.

"It's just to let them know that we as a nation do care - it's just a few little home comforts.

"We know that they get everything they need from the MoD but a puzzle book or a Tracker bar just gives them a few minutes to forget what they're having to go through out there."

Many of the goods have been donated by companies, with the rest - about £10,000 worth - being paid for through charity fundraising.

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