Senior RAF officers have appealed for donations to buy returning servicemen and women a cold beer on their flight home.
A campaign, “Beer for the Boys”, was launched two years ago to provide a can of lager or bitter for troops returning from a six-month tour, as British bases in southern Afghanistan are alcohol-free.
”I felt it would be a nice thing to do after the guys had done their time in theatre, on behalf of a grateful nation and the RAF,” said Wing Commander Steve Chadwick, who started the campaign after taking command of 216 squadron.
“A single can of cold beer thrust into the hand of a soldier once the TriStar is safely away from the ground and out of harm’s way marks the point at which he knows he is going home after six months of fighting. It is just a token, but an important one.”
Several breweries have donated cans, but now the Wing Commander wants to offer beer for all returning troops, not just ones on his Tristar flights (which ferry roughly 1,000 returnees a week).
Anyone wanting to donate can write a cheque to ’SIF Funds, RAF Brize Norton” and with ”Beer for the boys” written on the back, to Wing Cdr Chadwick at 216 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire OX18 3LX.
Sourced from The Telegraph.