BIG-HEARTED Ethel Lawrence has sent her 5,000th parcel to troops in Afghanistan to boost morale.
With the help of a small, dedicated team, 72-year-old Ethel, of Harehill Road, Grangewood, Chesterfield, has been sending the shoeboxes – which are packed with toiletries and treats – for five years now.
She said: “I’m very proud to have sent the 5,000th parcel. We get letters from soldiers saying they’re over the moon with their box – it means so much to them. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who donates items so we can carry on doing this very special thing.”