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Mold shoppers urged to help Royal Welsh Fusiliers appeal as soldiers prepare for Afghanistan

SHOPPERS at a Mold supermarket are being urged to dig deep to help the region’s soldiers as they prepare to return to Afghanistan.

Troops from the Chester-based Royal Welsh Fusiliers will deploy to the front line next month until November.

And while the 1st Battalion is currently engaged in major training exercises at Dale Barracks, the Chronicle is asking kind-hearted Flintshire folk to back our Operation Goodies Appeal.

Launched in conjunction with the Shotton and Deeside branch of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Comrades’ Association (RWFCA), the campaign runs until March 12.

Drop-off points have been set up in Deeside and Mold for residents to donate toiletries, sweets, reading material, CDs and DVDs and packets of powdered food.

The items are being collected by recruiting teams and sorted into boxes at the Territorial Army centre in Queensferry, before being sent to the Dale Barracks for transit to the front line in early March.

Benny Ball, honorary secretary of the Deeside RWFCA branch, said the appeal – which started in late January – has got off to a solid start at post offices and schools in Deeside, but he is hopeful more shoppers at Tesco and the Co-op in Mold will help.

Wendy Roberts, services manager at Tesco, wants customers to do their bit.

She said: “We’re really proud to be involved in supporting this campaign.

“The generosity of our customers is always fantastic to see, and it’s great to think that we’re helping our soldiers so many miles away.”

The Royal Welsh was previously deployed to Afghanistan during 2009-10.

The regiment is expected to partner Afghan forces in preparation for Britain’s withdrawal from the country, where 395 UK personnel have been killed.

For more information on the campaign and how you can help, call Benny Ball on 01244 816873.