St Helens Veterans Charity appeals for essentials for troops to return from Afghanistan

NO DUFF, a veteran mental health and emergency services charity, is appealing for essentials for soldiers who must self-isolate upon returning from Afghanistan.

Returning troops have either been stationed in Kabul or taken part in the evacuation process after the country fell to the Taliban earlier this month.

Due to covid restrictions, troops were forced to self-isolate for two weeks at an RAF base in Oxford on their return to the UK.

Dean Owen, founder of No Duff, said: “The guys are soldiers on duty and they come back with absolutely nothing.”

“They are out to do their job in combat or to assist in the evacuation process, and have nothing but the clothes on their backs.”

No Duff UK Founder Dean Owen with Director Dave Leigh

Always looking to help members of the armed forces, the No Duff team uses their hub at the Wonderland Community Center on Reflection Court as a drop-off point to send donations to the military base.

They are calling on residents of St Helens to donate essential items such as a wash and shave kit, toiletries, sanitary items, underwear and socks, shoes, t-shirts and tracksuits.

Foods that don’t go away, such as chocolate bars and convenience foods like pot noodles, are also encouraged, as the base did not expect so many soldiers to suddenly return.

After serving in a combat zone, Dean feels it’s the least the No Duff team can do to help the troops in their uncomfortable transition from combat to reality, through a difficult period of isolation.

The drop off point is at Wonderland Community Centre, Reflection Court, Unit 4, Canal Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 3JQ.

For more information, contact No Duff on their Facebook page, by email at noduffinfo@gmail.com or by phone at 079844440356

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