‘Thanks for your help with parcels’

Pat Graham, from Bourne, with some of the items he has collected for his parcels for the troops campaign. 'Photo: MSMP041213-008ow ENGEMN00120130412153102

Pat Graham, from Bourne, with some of the items he has collected for his parcels for the troops campaign. 'Photo: MSMP041213-008ow ENGEMN00120130412153102

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A man from Bourne has sent more than 900 parcels to the troops in Afghanistan and has said a huge thank you to everyone who helped.

Patrick Graham, 76, from Rowan Way in Bourne, has put his heart and soul into providing the troops with parcels for the past three years.

On Tuesday, Patrick will send his last collection of parcels to Afghanistan, due to the last remaining troops coming home this year.

He will make his last trip to Bourne Post Office to deliver the parcels to the ‘friendly’ staff, who have seen more than 900 parcels pass through it’s doors over the years.

Patrick who used to work in the RAF for air crew survival, is an army lover at heart and has always wanted to help the soldiers on the ground.

He has set up his very own wrapping centre in his garage, where he gets lots of help to wrap up all the parcels.

Patrick also has a collection box in health shop, Spice for Life in Bourne, where he has received plenty of donations from the local community.

To Patrick’s delight the Beeston Military in Nottingham have invited him and his wife along for a day at the Chetwynd Barracks on December 5 to say a big thankyou.

Patrick first heard of the occasion after receiving a letter from Warrant Officer Rothwell in Afghanistan, inviting Patrick and his wife Cynthia for a day of ‘army entertainment’ along with food and drink, transport to and from the barracks and free accommodation over 
night.

The invitation was late confirmed by an official invite from Major Iswariah at the Chetwynd Barracks.

Patrick said: “I’ve sent over 900 parcels and I enjoy doing it, I wasn’t ever thinking about receiving an award - so I’m very much looking forward to visiting the soldiers.”

“I would like to thank all the readers who have donated to the cause over the years and a big thank you to Spice of Life and Bourne Post Office.”

He added: “I’m happy for the troops to be coming home, but I now have to find myself a new occupation!”