22 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
Volunteers have been working tirelessly and will continue to do so to support our troops based in Afghanistan. They work within the strict guidelines of the Ministry of Defence to ensure that they maintain a supportive role as and when needed whilst taking into account the logistical and operational restrictions in place in Afghanistan. Our troops are based out in Afghanistan all year round and with your help we can all support our troops throughout their tour, every single day, all year and not just at Christmas.
Chris’s motivation was to do something to help the soldiers out in theatre in Afghanistan. It wasn’t about agreeing or disagreeing with war he just wanted to send the brave soldiers out there a parcel and a kind message. After the first parcels went out letters of thanks from the recipients started to arrive and at this point Chris knew he wanted to continue with this work
Chris Webster said:
I am ex Royal army medical corp TA had friends who served and sent boxes too so gave us the idea. We have now been going 3 years and sent almost 6000 parcels. I have a team of about 20 senders dotted about the uk and an admin team who help run the page, they all work very hard.
With good support from people over the uk, we at shoeboxes along with people fill boxes up with goodies for our troops overseas we like to put a smile on their faces just a small gesture from the good people of Blighty.
22 Jul 2014 Leave a comment
Working as a police officer brings on a range of emotions. It can leave you feeling satisfied, rewarded, sad, disgruntled, lonely and fulfilled, all in the same shift. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work in law enforcement
Changes to working patterns mean some officers are resorting to sleeping on the streets because they have no means of getting home to bed after finishing late shifts, a Police Federation official has warned.
Deputy General Secretary of the Metropolitan Police Federation Dennis Weeks said officers were bedding down on benches, under bridges and in train stations after finishing shifts in the early hours of the morning after trains had stopped running.
“Officers are not allowed to sleep in police stations, so they are going to train stations and sleeping there or on benches near the station so that as soon as the first train leaves they can go home,” he said. “It makes them vulnerable to being criminally assaulted, the impact on their health is extremely bad and bad weather can make it difficult.
“An officer might end up finishing at 1am and missing the late train, meaning they cannot get home because night buses only go within London. There used to be police section houses with accommodation for officers all over London, but now there is just one.”
Westminster, Camden and Kensington and Chelsea are among the boroughs where the problem is most acute. Asked whether any off duty officers found sleeping rough had been moved on by their on duty colleagues, Mr Weeks said:
“Our people can be moved on from places the same as anyone else.”
A police officer posed his newborn baby daughter enjoying a snooze – in his helmet.
PC Andy Ross popped four-day-old Isla in the hat and he admits the beauty of the photo made him emotional.
Andy, who has been a policeman for West Midlands Police for six years, also has an 18-month-old son.As the youngster snoozed the helmet was propped up by several cans of beans and she was placed in the blanket while she had an afternoon nap.
The officer, from Warwickshire, had the photo taken last March by photographer Bethany Anne Smith in her studio in Bedworth.