Pupils in Herts schools get set to support troops in Middle East over Christmas

The Royston and District Community Transport team enjoyed a 21st birthday Christmas dinner last week

The Royston and District Community Transport team enjoyed a 21st birthday Christmas dinner last week. - Credit: Archant

Herts schoolchildren will do their bit to support military reservists spending Christmas thousands of miles from home by drawing and painting festive pictures for them.

Servicemen and women from 254 Medical Regiment, an Army Reserve unit whose 162 Squadron is based in Hitchin, will be in the Middle East for Christmas.

The drive takes the form of a competition for kids aged from seven to 11. Forces personnel in the area will choose a best entry in December, with the winner’s school receiving an iPad Mini. Santa will then whisk the entries off and deliver them to the troops overseas.

The contest is organised by the Herts community covenant, which supports active and retired soldiers living and working in the county.

Councillor Teresa Heritage, who chairs the community covenant, said: “We are happy to be running this competition again. It gives children the chance to win a great prize while also recognising the sacrifices made by the armed forces.”

If your child’s school would like to take part, it should email corporate.policyteam@hertfordshire.gov.uk. The closing date for entries is Friday, December 4.

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