THE Cardenden branch of Stevenson Funeral Directors is accepting donations for Support our Soldiers.

The charity sends morale boosting care packages to troops and items can be dropped off at the funeral directors on Station Road.

At this time of year, many of the armed forces have been in Afghanistan, Africa, Iraq, Brunei and patrolling international waters for three or eight months.

With the support of the MoD, Support our Soldiers sends out Easter parcels to cheer them up and remind them they are close to going home.

Regional co-ordinator Lynn O’Brien said: “We get lots of feedback throughout the year from the troops, who appreciate the generosity of the public in sending a piece of home out, they are often overwhelmed by the fact that complete strangers are thinking of their comfort and it can be humbling to read the letters that are sent from them thanking everyone."

She added: "We are asking members of the public to go along with either a cream egg donation or a small 99p Easter egg as these fit snugly into the boxes we use. Alternatively they can make a whole box up with a letter of support which will be sent over for them. The deadline for donations will be Friday March 10."