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Soldiers to tuck into British turkey this Christmas

Injured British soldiers will be tucking into a farm-fresh turkey dinner this Christmas thanks to donations from producers up and down the country.

The NFU’s UK Turkeys website has teamed up with Connect Packaging and has launched its Turkeys for Troops campaign which, with the help of the Ministry of Defence, will feed scores of soldiers, past and present, for their Christmas day meal.

Farmers will be delivering their turkeys to Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire, Headley Court in Surrey, Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, the Royal Star and Garter in Richmond, the Royal Hospital in Chelsea as well as units in Colchester and Edinburgh. It is expected that up to 1,200 dinners will be served as a result.

Kent-based turkey farmer Clive Wreathall, whose son Scott will be heading to Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for training, is just one farmer who has thrown his support behind the campaign

“We are only too pleased to be supporting Turkeys for Troops, particularly as my eldest son, who is 21-years-old, is about to join the Army. Our Armed Services personnel deserve our full support.”

NFU President Peter Kendall said: “We are extremely proud of the generosity shown by those turkey producers who have donated towards this campaign. From the farmers, to the Ministry of Defence and to our packaging partners, there has been nothing but genuine goodwill behind the idea of Turkeys for Troops. We sincerely hope they enjoy tucking into some really fantastic British produce for their Christmas meals.”

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