Appledore farmer Clive Wreathall's touching turkey donation to troops as son prepares to join Army
Father and son Clive and
Scott Wreathall, of Appledore Turkeys, with Major Tony Finch.
Picture: Adam Fradgley/Exposure Photography
by Tricia Jamieson
Turkeys reared in Appledore will be tucked into by injured
British soldiers this Christmas.
Clive Wreathall, of Priory Farm, is supporting the Nation
Farmers Union's Turkeys for Troops campaign.
Farmers around the country are donating birds that will go
to injured servicemen and women.
Mr Wreathall - whose 21-year-old son Scott is about to join the
Army - said: "We are only too pleased to be supporting Turkeys
for Troops, particularly as my eldest son is about to join the
Army. Our armed services personnel deserve our full support."
Lt Col Mel Pears, commanding officer of the 15x (NE) Personnel
Recovery Unit in Catterick, said: "I would like, on behalf of every
soldier under my command, to say thankyou to the NFU.
"The wounded, injured and sick of the unit are very pleased with
this practical demonstration of support.
"It will provide happiness and comfort to each family during
what will be a reflective and emotional time. Knowing that people
are thinking of our injured troops at this time makes a real
NFU president Peter Kendall thanked the turkey producers who
have donated towards the campaign.
"There has been nothing but genuine goodwill behind the idea of
Turkeys for Troops," he said.
Shoppers who want to find a turkey reared near them for this
Christmas can log on to www.ukturkeys.co.uk, where they
can search using their postcode.
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