North Belfast residents have been commended for their generosity after the huge amount of items that were sent to local soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds’ constituency offices were made available as drop-off points for the scheme and the local community came out in force to supply a number of goods for the troops.
Mr Dodds recently passed on a large amount of these goods to the Glentoran Community Trust which is co-ordinating the initiative from its unit in Connswater Shopping Centre, east Belfast.
The scheme is now winding down as the Irish Guards deployment ends in March, with a view to recommencing in autumn-time when a major deployment of the Royal Irish Regiment and the Irish Guards is planned.
Mr Dodds said: “This is an excellent scheme and I was very pleased to make my constituency offices available as drop-off points. The response from local people has been outstanding and we were delighted to deliver a car-load of donated goods to the Glentoran Community Trust.
“It is good to hear that the parcels have brought encouragement and home-comforts to our brave troops serving in such dangerous circumstances in Afghanistan.”