THE Little Troopers charity has sent special Christmas boxes to military children in Yeovilton who have parents serving overseas on military operations with the 815 Naval Air Squadron this Christmas.

There are expected to be thousands of children across the UK who will have a parent serving overseas this Christmas, missing out on school nativities, carol services, family get-togethers, and the magic of Christmas morning.

The Little Troopers Christmas boxes are part of the charity’s broader Christmas Smiles campaign which recognises that this is a particularly difficult time of year for children to have Mummy or Daddy working away from home.

The campaign aims to bring some Christmas Smiles to military children who are missing mum or dad during the school holidays. The charity has worked closely with Royal Navy personnel in Yeovilton to get the boxes to the 14 local families impacted.

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Cdr Crombie (Commanding Officer 815 NAS) said: “The work Little Troopers are doing is a tremendous show of support from the wider community to those who are deployed during the festive period.

“To know that our families are being thought of by others during our time away is enormously comforting and very appreciated.”

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “Christmas Smiles is a campaign we’ve been running for years to support children who have a parent deployed over Christmas.

“It’s a really hard time of year to be separated from a parent and our aim is to make these children feel special and supported. “We’re so excited to be putting together our own Christmas boxes this year and we hope they make a real difference to military children in Yeovilton who are struggling with their parent away.”

The Little Troopers Christmas Smiles boxes have been made possible thanks to funding from the Veterans’ Foundation, Pinnacle Service Families, RUK Advanced Systems , and Day One People. Special thanks also to JDT Utilities for helping to transport the boxes.

David Shaw, CEO of the Veterans’ Foundation, explains: “We are delighted to support this fabulous initiative which will bring smiles and happiness to military children this Christmas.”

Little Troopers has also organised lots of other activities as part of its Christmas Smiles campaign including free cinema screenings, an online party, and a Christmas baking event.