Ah. So you think that Tina is macman3? If she is, then you may have a point. But it would be the same argument that ex-soldiers only wear medals on their blazers to "big" themselves up.
If, on the other hand, she isn't, then you're being a bit nasty about it. It's an article in a local paper about a local person. It's a local interest story and shows that the Peterlee press has some interest in the welfare of the Forces. My local rag didn't mention free postage, presumably indicating that they couldn't care a toss.
From the very start? There was free postage to Iraq in 2003, but it stopped in 2004. As for CGS pressure, even the lowliest civvy postman outranks him. This victory was achieved by an attack on conscience, organised by "non-combatants."
From the links posted so far, it appears that one woman enlisted the help of 14 other people, who then enlisted the help of others.
If just one of these organisers had not bothered, the pressure on Royal Mail would have been correspondingly reduced and, who knows, the campaign may have faltered.
Rather than have a go at them for being featured in their local papers, why not give them a vote of thanks?
Unless, of course, you're Billy No-mates who doesn't get any mail or you've just left home and don't give a toss that someone else is footing the bill to send you your goodies.
I'm not on the receiving end, nor do I currently have any mates out there, but I'm glad to express my gratitude to those who organised the campaign and those who contributed. And, if they get their piccies in the papers, perhaps it will encourage more people to help with the next campaign.
Karen Webster, left, with Kat Hammond, centre, and Becky Pritchard with presents
A mother and her team of helpers are busy packing up to 5,000 Christmas parcels for British troops serving overseas.
Karen Webster, of Bingley, is still celebrating after winning her campaign last week for British armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive free post.
Mrs Webster spent the weekend packing hundreds of parcels to be sent off between now and early December.
This is the fifth year she has run her parcel appeal and she has been overwhelmed by support since she launched this year's campaign in September.
She says the tragic toll of lives lost in Afghanistan and Iraq over recent months had prompted a surge of public support. September was the worst month since the start of British involvement in Afghanistan, with seven killed.
The most recent fatality was Captain John McDermid, of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, who was killed last week while leading a joint UK-Afghan patrol south of Sengin in the Helmand province.
Mrs Webster's parcel workshops on Saturday and Sunday came just days after the Royal Mail and the Ministry of Defence announced an open-ended deal to provide the free postal service.
It came after years of campaigning by Mrs Webster, whose son, Nicky, served with the Desert Rats in Iraq in 2003. Mrs Webster, a mother of three, set up Support Our Soldiers (SOS) in 2003 to encourage and provide support for troops.
Every Christmas since then, she and her team of volunteers have packed and sent off parcels to British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Troops in Cyprus, The Falklands, Bosnia and elsewhere overseas are also sent packages. Mrs Webster asks people to donate £5 to pay for the contents of a parcel or to pack one themselves. Contributors enclose their own greeting card with a seasonal message.
Last year, SOS sent 2,500 parcels, but this year support has been overwhelming and the number could double. Two more workshops are being held next weekend at Mrs Webster's home, "I am delighted but also under a great deal of pressure as well," she said.