Over the last few years the pupils from De La Salle College, Liverpool have been sending messages of support including Christmas cards to Bethlehem. This year, the boys decided that it would also be a good idea to send Christmas greetings to the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. They said that they are proud the soldiers are fighting for peace, for our country and the freedom of others in the world.
Connor McGrail was one of the pupils who came up with the idea. He said 'send some Christmas Cards to the soldiers in Afghanistan because they don’t have the best of Christmases.'
Many of the boys from the Croxteth school have brothers or cousins who are stationed in Camp Bastion and will be away over Christmas. This is a way for them to know that they remain close in thoughts and prayers during the season of peace and goodwill.
One pupil, Sean, whose brother is serving in the Afghanistan said 'it will make my brother think about home and know that we are thinking about him and the others'.
Class 8A4 said 'We are proud that they have been fighting for our country. We are praying for their safe return. Walk on with hope in your hearts!'
A letter arrived in school on the last day of term from a member of the 845 Naval Air Squadron stationed in Afghanistan. It expressed the thanks of the squadron for the cards and messages and said they had 'brought a smile to everyones face' and wished the pupils a 'great new year'.
Pictured are De La Salle pupils Paul Scarratt, Sean Harrison, Liam Ennis, Mark Noonan, Connor McGrail, and Paul Jewell