We are a Derby couple who set up Shoeboxes for our Heroes nearly five years ago. We send out to our deployed armed forces wherever they are serving in the world. We have sent to Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Cyprus, The Falklands and the middle East to name a few.
We send boxes with everyday items like toiletries, crisps, soup, sweets, chocolate etc. These items are either too expensive to buy where they are deployed / stationed or they are not available. We have over 90 volunteers working for us and to date we have sent out over 11,000 boxes worldwide.
We send to a large number of HMS Ships (we have sent to 40 at present) and have attended a number of homecomings. We rely on donations of items or donations of money to be able to buy items or to be able to fill the boxes. Not all BFPO numbers are free so the donations we receive also goes towards paying the postage costs. We do attend events all over the country to raise money and awareness of what we do and who we are.
We are hoping to gain charity status this year and have a very good team that work for us. We do also have merchandise that we sell and also have a website, people can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.
Not all service personnel receive mail and so for them to get some mail from perfect strangers is a great feeling to know that they are not alone when they are away. We do not send to un named soldiers/ sailors etc. all our names are provided by friends and family or it could be that they are people we have sent to before and would like boxes sent when they are deployed again
Type Of Business
Not for profit, Charities