Rifleman inspires cubs to back shoebox appeal
By Sutton Coldfield Observer | Thursday, October 25, 2012, 09:00
CUBS from the 20th Sutton Coldfield Pack were inspired to collect shoe boxes by a talk given by one of their former members on his return from Afghanistan.
INSPIRING: Rifleman Paul Morris, below, talks to the cubs of the 20th Sutton Coldfield pack and, above, staff at Acres' Wylde Green branch with some of the shoeboxes filled and donated by the cubs
Paul Morris of C Company 3 Rifles returned to speak to members of his former cub pack at Blackwood Road in Streetly. He bought videos of the lads in his regiment and their work with local children in Afghanistan. Whilst deployed, they built a school and became part of the community in a far-off land.
The cubs, motivated by his talk and by the fact that the father of two of the cubs is also a soldier who has just been posted to Afghanistan, decided to start collecting boxes for the Shoebox Christmas Appeal run by regional estate agency Acres, which has a branch in Tamworth. They heard that some of the boxes found their way to the children so they were collecting for both the soldiers and the Afghan schoolchildren.
The pack has now delivered 30 shoeboxes to Acres' Wylde Green office.