Sutton Letters

Dear Sandra & Mark

My name is Flt Lt *** **** and I am currently stationed out in *****. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and everyone else involved in the care/morale Christmas packages that went sent out to the Serving personnel at 901 EAW this year.

To try and maintain the Christmas spirit we decided to open our boxes together on Christmas day; we gathered in our Welfare Facility and proceeded to engage in Christmas festivities and games. It is difficult to describe how important a little piece of morale is at these times; many of us, including myself, were separated from our loved ones over the festive period so any form of distraction is beneficial to the mental health of our troops. Even though we are isolated in a foreign country we are not alone, the comradeship that we have coupled with modern technology (Skype calls to home) are essential for morale but I cannot emphasise how the care packages that you provide contribute to that.

From a personal perspective my box contained a packet of pickled onion Space Raider crisps; the last time I had a pack of these crisps was when I was a primary school so I was instantly taken back to fond childhood memories. However, my package also contained a Wolverhampton Wanderers key/ring and pen which if I wasn’t a West Ham fan may have been useful Ha Ha !!  I’ve still not found a fan out here who I can pass it on to.

Once again, on behalf of the 901 EAW  I would like to say Thank you and keep up the good work.

Kind Regards


To All at the Sutton Support Our Soldiers, esp Sandra and Mark Davey,

My section was one of the recipients of your Christmas boxes this year, and on behalf of us all I would like to say a big thank you for the generosity and thoughtfulness that had gone into putting them together.

We made the best of being way from our families over Christmas and the addition of your boxes helped make the day a little bit  more special.

From Hercules Engineers out on Op Shader,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Sgt **** ****



Sandra & Mark

Firstly Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I just wanted to say a very big thank you for our SOS Boxes, It was so special to have something to open here at Christmas and my whole team enjoyed everything they received.    It means so much knowing everyone is thinking of us as Christmas, even though we are thousands of miles from home.

Once again thank you for everything you have done to make this happen, it means so much.

We are deployed as a small team on Operation Shader, we are all keeping safe and enjoying the festive period as much as we can.  We are due home in **** so fingers crossed the rest of the time flys

Merry Christmas

Sgt *** ****


Good evening Sandra and Mark Davey

Would just like to say a massive thanks for the SOS box I received from you on Christmas Day! It was great present to open and made our day!

This is my first tour with the RAF and currently deployed in the Middle East.

Unfortunately we are not allowed mobile/camera devices in our office so don’t have any photos of us opening the boxes, however please see attached a team photo of us all in our compound with the Christmas hats and accessories we received from you guys!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and thank you again for our boxes!

Enjoy the rest of the festive period and wish you well into the new year!



Sandra & Mark/SOS Sutton,

We received your boxes here in ***** in time for Christmas Day, and I would like to say thank you very much for taking the time to put these together. The team of 16 technicians working here at V(AC) Sqn were delighted with them! We’ve shared the food out into our Engineers’ Tea Bar and will look forward to munching these over the next few days!

It is heart warming to know that such time and effort has gone into making each box, and it has most certainly cheered our lads up on a day where we have all missed being at home in one way or another!


Dear Sandra and Mark Davey,

I just wanted to send my appreciation for the “goodie box” that you sent for Soldiers, Sailors or Airmen this Christmas. I was the lucky soul who opened it having just landed following flying a combat mission in a Typhoon FGR4.

It was a lovely gesture and provided some much needed morale for a festive period away from family.

All the best and thank you.

Flt Lt ***



Just a quick thank you for your welfare parcels, we have personally received one here in **** which has been distributed down to the soldiers.

Thank you for your support during the festive season. Your support truly makes a difference. If you need anything do not hesitate to ask!


Sgt *** ****



A very short note to thank you for your very kind support to troops out in South Sudan.  It is really appreciated!  Nothing beats getting a few treats in a parcel.


Thank you again!




Good afternoon Sandra,

Thank you once again for a lovely set of parcels, they have been shared out amongst the team who have very quickly worked their way through half the sweets already!  The British weather might be heating up but we are already on 45 degrees and climbing out here, thank goodness for air conditioning!

You asked about what food we miss the most – we are fed by the Americans out here so want for very little food wise.  However one thing they do not have is proper cheese!  I cannot wait to get back and get some Brie or even just Cheddar.  My team return to the UK mid-July and I follow them 2 weeks later.

I will endeavor to read the book before I return but if I don’t I will make sure it stays here for the next set of soldiers who come through.

As always, your support is greatly appreciated out here.

Captain XXXXX


Dear SOS

I just received 2 x SOS parcels. Thank you very much, genuinely appreciated by those of us that are still deployed around the world.

Many thanks again.



Sandra and Mark Davey

Thank you so much for the generosity shown by your charity box. We are very appreciative of the support shown and take none of it for granted.

The lads are working hard out here and spend a great deal of time away from family and loved ones. All the things sent in the shoebox help give us home comforts and make the more difficult days that little bit easier to handle.

Again thank you so much.

All the best.

Cpl J****


A massive thank you to you and your team for the Christmas goodie boxes; they were greatly received by all 11 members of 212 Flight 815 NAS, being away over Christmas can be very difficult for some but your boxes brought a smile to everyone’s faces.

Thank you once again.

AET H****


To the entire team at Support Our Soldiers

I would like to thank you on behalf of myself and the whole CIED team out in Iraq. We have been on tour for 6 months and your welfare packages have come as a real morale boost providing many luxury items we would otherwise have no access to!  They were very welcome over Christmas where we seemed to be being particularly spoiled with the number of boxes you provided!

Lt L****


Season Greetings to the SOS team,

On behalf of the 43 troops on Op CATAN in Somalia, I will like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU for your kind and generous support. The gift boxes were well received by the troops.

Many thanks for making Xmas in Somalia a success.

Kind regards,

SSgt F****




Dear Sandra and Mark,

I thought I would send you a quick email to say thank you very much for our Festive Welfare Boxes which you have very kindly prepared and sent out to me. I have distributed them to some of my seniors who will share them amongst the guys and girls in their respective sections. I have attached a photograph of us all as a sign of our appreciation.

Once again; thank you so much for the time, effort, contents and the thoughts which you have given to our personnel who are separated from their families and loved ones during the Christmas period.

Kind regards,

FS D****


To the Sutton team, Sandra and Mark

I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your support.

I would also like to apologise if you don’t get too many replies of thanks and gratitude, not all of our team have regular access to email and internet.  However please rest assured that they were gratefully received and everyone had beaming smiles on their faces whilst opening. This being said I’m sure a few individual messages would have been sent to the makers of our boxes, but this is just to show gratitude for the good work of the team as a whole and I’m sure this stems from your organisation and leadership.

The festive period is always harder for service personnel to deal with as you can probably imagine, your boxes went along way to improving everyone’s morale at Christmas.

Once again thank you for your valued support, I hope you can make more soldiers equally as happy next year.


SSgt N ****


Dear Sandra and Mark,

Thank you so much for your generosity.  Your parcel found its way to sunny Somalia!  I can’t tell you how lovely it is to know that people back home are thinking about us whilst we are deployed abroad.  It makes a huge difference and helped us to enjoy Christmas in spite of being away from our families.

Thank you also for the kind words that you wrote in your note – we really are so grateful!

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Seasons greetings,


p.s. thanks for the jokes!


Dear Sandra & Mark,

On Christmas Day I was lucky enough to receive one of the welfare boxes you send out to Soldiers.  I just wanted to say what a very kind and generous act you carry out and it is very much appreciated from all of HM Forces serving overseas.

A few of us missed Christmas with our families this year as we have been in serving in Somalia since July, working alongside the United Nations in the hope we can help the people of Somalia

I’m not sure if you receive many replies to your parcels but I can assure you it is much appreciated so please continue the excellent work you both do.  I hope you had a great Christmas and the New Year brings you all you ask for.

Kind regards,

Sgt D ***


Dear Sandra & Mark

Thank you for your kind thoughts and your big box of morale.

It’s at this time of year you realise you have the support of everybody back home family friends and also general public

Without all that support we could not do the job.

So with that I would like to thank you for your support of many kind people like yourselves


Cpl ****

The 4th Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s


Thanks for sending a few parcels out, I actually waited until Christmas day, Merry Christmas!




Many thanks for all the boxes that have been sent through to the personnel out here. Over the last 2 weeks we’ve had a steady stream of green boxes coming into the office.  Some of the younger lads have not had anything sent through to them from home and to see them finally receive a present was brilliant to watch. The moral has been raised significantly when all the jokes were told and goodies shown off to one another. We’ve been very impressed with the range of items (I love the knitted snow men) and all of the Christmas decorations are now up; it looks like Santa’s grotto in here! We promise that – the items Christmas wrapped in each box will not be opened until Christmas day but I’m afraid that we couldn’t wait to open the main boxes. One of the letters from a little girl and the drawing on the box did reduce one of our more macho blokes to tears.

As you would expect – the weather is turning here and we’ve had some epic thunder storms already (more forecast for today). The gifts of hats and socks received will come in very handy as some of the guys and girls have forgotten just how cold it can get here. Some of them are ‘soft southerners’ so it’s to be expected 😉

Kindest Regards

Chf Tech G***



I’m just emailing to thank you for sending out our christmas boxes for the men and women on ops over the holiday period. I just received mine today, trying to hold myself back from opening it, and I have to say it brought a big smile to my face. Thank you ever so much for your kindness and generosity and I hope you have a very merry christmas. 

Kind Regards, 



Good morning,

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say thank you very much for the Christmas Boxes that we have just received out here. We had 4 huge bags of mail and at least half of those were just full of your little boxes of morale. Now, I would like to say they’ve not been opened, but unfortunately it seems I work with a lot of ‘children’ out here and they simply just couldn’t wait! I’m doing my best to hold off opening mine, honest.

Sincere thanks though, it is little things like this that help make this time of year a little more bearable when we can not be with our families and friends. I have taken a couple of pictures which I will send onto you tomorrow.

Best Wishes for the festive season, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all,

Kindest Regards,

Sgt W***


Sandra and Mark,

A huge thank you to you (and any assistants you have roped in) for the continued boxes to deployed units.  I cannot speak for the others but from HMS ENTERPRISE’s quarter, they go down a treat.

The appreciation of the fact that we as individuals are separated from our families for 9mths of every year we are serving in the Ship, with the prospect of the current deployment seeing the ship not returning to the UK until late 2016 or 2017 having departed UK in Apr 2014, is most welcome.  During this time, every member of the Ship’s Company will be away for Christmas 2 out of every 3 years.

I do hope that, as we turn over a new calendar month tomorrow, the UK fairs well without the flooding/storms/arctic blizzards that seem to have become the new norm.




Good evening all,

I have the pleasure to inform you that my tour of duty is close to its end, I have around 20 days left until I return home.

Your ongoing support has been invaluable and the quality of packages has been second to none.  I have enjoyed drinking bottles of Iron Bru, eating a variety of nostalgia inducing sweets and sharing out chocolate eggs at Easter.

The training mission will endure here for at least another 12 months and your future support will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much, from all who serve at Camp QARGHA.

Warmest Regards



Dear Sandra,

We have just received your much welcomed comfort boxes in the mail today which was a very welcome surprise and wanted to say thank you. I read your letter out in the MCO (main communications office) to the lads and we were much appreciative of the effort you’ve gone to both in sending the boxes out and the nice letter you put in with them. It’s a welcome change to know that upstanding members of the public, like yourselves, support and think of the armed forces all year round and especially when it’s coming up to Xmas.

From your letter we really enjoyed the weather facts that you included and were actually quite surprised by some of them, who would have thought that you could see a rainbow at night and that lighting travelled from the ground?!! The weather here is a reasonable 34C (it’s actually cooled down a lot), nothing like the average 43’s we had at the beginning of our deployment and I’m told that soon we will most likely need jumpers at night (I’ve not worn a jumper or jacket for over 3 months!).  We are half way through our deployment to the Gulf and will be spending Xmas out here before returning home to the UK mid-January.

We have a half day today alongside and I still have quite a bit of work to do so I will leave it there, but again we’d like to say a big thank you for your thoughts and support and we hope you have a very nice Xmas.

Best regards



I just wanted to drop you a quick email of thanks in relation to the SOS

boxes, which you have sent out over the course of Op GRITROCK 3 in

Sierra Leone.  Given the limited welfare package available here they

have all been gratefully received by the guys/girls.

Once again, it would be greatly appreciated if you could pass on our

thanks for the fantastic work which you and the SOS team continue to

do in support of everyone currently deployed…..

Many thanks and best regards



Received a lovely letter and gift today from RFA Cardigan Bay, thank you, made my day!!



This is a photo of two sailors that had received boxes sent on behalf of The Old Sergeant, in Wandsworth.  They paid a visit to pass on their thanks and were treated to a drink  and then a meal at The Pig and Whistle , Earlsfield. They came back and spent the whole of Saturday at the Old Sergeant, customers bought them drinks all day and then took them to an after hours night club! They were off the HMS Atherstone. The Old Sergeant was presented with a flag to put up in the pub. What lovely gestures all round!

Sutton 2

Good evening Sandra,

My name is Dan and I am currently serving onboard HMS Dauntless. We have been deployed now for 5 months and we are 1 week away from home.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the the parcels I have received from you during my time away from home and can I say in the most recent box I have found myself devouring the Chilli Heat wave Doritos.  You are an outstanding person / group who are showing nothing but compassion for the life we lead and your kindness means allot to the guys and girls who receive limited parcels from home.

I am fortunate to have a beautiful wife who sends me parcels and a caring family in Co Durham who I get frequent letters from.

BUT SHOCK!!! HORROR!!!! I RECEIVED NOTHING IN THE LAST TWO POSTAL DROPS. So I was kindly offered another box from SOS which I snatched away with a courteous thank you before I tore away the green packaging to reveal possibly the greatest box ever! Doritos, Jelly Babies, Hob Nobs, BBQ Chilli Sauce and 2 x Capri Suns.

I am over the moon.

Again thank you from me and pass on my well wishes to all of the guys at SOS.

You are one in a million… Thank you for caring!

Next Stop PORTSMOUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hi, Just a quick note to thank you all very kindly for the welfare box we have just opened on good Friday here in Kabul Afghanistan. As you will note from the picture we all got a little treat to cheer us up whilst being away from family and friends. I am on the right of the picture I’m Major Andy of the Parachute regiment, in the middle is Major Steve of the Princes Royal regiment of Wales, and on the left is Captain Mark of the Special Weapons and Systems Corps. We’d like to thank you all for our gifts and your continued support, knowing there are people like yourselves who selflessly commit to supporting the troops is greatly appreciated by all who serve. May I take the moment to commend and thank you on behalf of all here serving on Operations in Afghanistan and the wider theatres around the world. Your sincerely Major Andrew

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Dear Sandra and Mark

Thank you so much for the generous Christmas box that you both sent this year. I am currently deployed as part of Operation Kipion in the Middle East and have been away since June 2014 with my ships company. We spend a considerable amount of time away from our families so gestures such as yours in sending a Christmas box mean a great deal. Please keep up the good work supporting us as servicemen and women. It is all very much appreciated. Simon

Sandra & Mark,

Thank you very much for your parcel, it was terrific and very nice to receive at a time when I wish I could’ve been with my family. It is very heart warming to know there is people as nice as yourselves that are willing to put their time, effort and money into raising the morale of us lot out here. I can’t begin to echo how grateful we are to receive little boxes of morale from people as nice as yourselves, thank you again! Sig R****

Dear Sandra,

Just wanted to put pen to paper to say a huge ‘THANK YOU’ to you and all the rest of your lovely people who send parcels out to us. I was blown away with all the parcels that were sent out over the Christmas period and again before I’ve even had chance to thank you for the Christmas parcels have received another parcel today! The Christmas parcels were amazing and we all loved dressing up with the Santa hats and sharing all the nibbles! Capt S****

Hi Sandra,

Thank you for the care parcel and your letter, it really is appreciated. I love the thermos mug! The weather here is starting to really warm up, I caught the sun on my nose yesterday!! Keep up all the good work, you are making soldiers morale that little higher. In friendship SSgt R****

Hi Sandra,

I am writing to say thank you for the boxes we all received. Unfortunately they didn’t reach the crew that were out here for Christmas time however it was such a lovely thought and we were all over the moon, especially flying out here just after Christmas. Thanks again AB R**** HMS Ramsey

Dear Sandra,

I have just received your boxes sent from Support our Soldiers. I would just like to say thank you. The service you provide is truly brilliant. It is such a special thing that you do for our troops. I  share every box with my crew and the rest of the firefighters at Camp Bastion, I would on behalf of them like to say thank you again. SAC P**** Sandra,

I wrote to you the other day (it was a handwritten bluey so it might not be with you yet), I just want to further extend our appreciation for the boxes you have sent. It truly is a brilliant job and service you are providing to our British Forces.
I mentioned in the letter that I would take a picture. Unfortunately we have got through some boxes already so the picture won’t do your service justice. Thank you on behalf of all of the Royal Air Force firemen stationed at camp Bastion. The picture is just my crew as the other crews were either off duty or completing other tastings but we are all very grateful.
Kind regards,
SAC P****
Dear Sandra, Your parcel arrived today along with many others. I am pleased to say that I was a receiver of the lucky. Some of the lads opened theirs and was full of disposable toothbrushes, 1 poor thing had newspapers and disposable razors! I’d like to thank you for the time and money spent on sending the parcels out. It’s very reassuring that there are people in the UK that support us back home and appreciate what we are doing. Much appreciated Andrew

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