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Posted on Wednesday 7th December

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly joined members of the Armed Forces at the Tower of London today to launch the annual Christmas Box campaign for the Armed Forces.

The campaign is run by the charity UK4U Thanks! working with the Armed Forces to send out around 22,500 boxes, each containing around 20 items, to locations such as Afghanistan, the Falklands, and ships and submarines across the world in time for Christmas. The boxes – affectionately known as 'square stockings' – are sent to servicemen and women who working away from their families or in hospital over the Christmas period. They do not use the British Forces Post Office system and therefore do not delay parcels sent by family and friends at this busy time.

Lorraine Kelly launched the campaign by firing a ceremonial gun belonging to the Honourable Artillery Company from Tower Wharf – the site of all Royal Gun Salutes.

A uk4u Thanks! trustee, Sally Little, said of the campaign: 'Our aim is to give our Armed Forces a Happy Christmas, and to make sure they know we're thinking of them at this special time of year.'

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