Welling Afghanistan shoebox appeal sending 100 boxes a week

PUBLISHED: 21:59 21 October 2011

Father and daughter, Peter and Clare Holden

Father and daughter, Peter and Clare Holden


»A father whose son served in Afghanistan says he is “overwhelmed” by the response to a shoebox appeal set up by his daughter, which is now sending out 100 parcels a week.

Peter Holden, 63, who was in the navy for seven years, revealed the appeal had also received a further boost after Bellegrove Social Club in Welling donated £1,760 to the appeal on Saturday.

Donations the appeal is receiving have tripled since March, when it was set up by Clare Holden, 36, after she sent a parcel to her 33-year-old brother Danny, who was serving in Afghanistan. His friends began asking for boxes and so she decided to begin the appeal.

Mr Holden said: “The response has tripled since we began. We have sent over about 900 boxes since it began. We would like to thank everyone who has donated boxes, items or raised money.

“We aim to keep the appeal open until the war is over. We would like to thank Bellegrove Social Club in Welling as their donation will provide 500 boxes.”


Items sent include sweets, socks, hats, t-shirts, stationery, coffee, toiletries but no aerosols.

Despite the overwhelming response the duo are still looking for more people to get involved.

Ms Holden said: “To keep it going we need help. People can give cash, items, boxes, wrapping paper, tape, their time to help wrap the presents. It would be a shame to see it fold.”

Donations can be taken to Bellegrove Social Club at 90 Bellegrove Road, Welling or Colour Creatives in St Johns Parade, Sidcup in High Street, or email, call Miss Holden on 07855908282 or Mr Holden on 0208 855 1211.

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