Parcels to "a British Soldier" - Not accepted by Royalmail

#1
Just took a load of parcels to the local PO and they wont accept them because they are not to a named individual. They actually phoned the HQ and I spoke to them and quote "the MOD has a warehouse full of them and dnot know what to do with them" the pratt then told me I had to either pay for them or send them to a named individual. Now I have 50 odd parcels (the whole street has donated) and need some way to get them there.

The 2 address I was using was

A British Soldier
c/o Capt S Beattie MBE SO3 J I
HQ Task Force Helmand
Lashkar Gar
BFPO 715

A British Soldier
c/o J I Branch
HQ MND (SE)
Op Telic
BFPO 641

Anyone any ideas as last posting day is tomorrow
 
#6
Should be able to give them to the nearest unit to you who should be able to get them out there.

Whereabouts in the country are you Snozzer?
 
#7
Hello snozzer,

there was a soldier asking for parcels in our local paper recently,if I sent you the name,maybe you could send it to him?
I will see if I can find it.

tangosix.
 
#8
Can I suggest you use MoD website to find which units are deployed on your preferred Op, then use the same site or Google to find contact details for Regtl Sec. or some other contact such as Welfare Officer. They should be able to assist in some way. Note however that you probably wont get individuals names (for obvious Persec reasons) failing that do as my wife has just done now that I am back from Telic and contact 'Support our Soldiers'. Your donators may not always get a thank you letter but they will have the satisfaction of knowing that their donation has not been lost at Mill Hill.
 
#9
craftsmanx said:
Send them to Officer Commanding
HQ........................................

And put a little note inside asking the unit to distribute it
Wont work, it must be a named individual, even the
"A British Soldier
c/o Capt S Beattie MBE SO3 J I" is not good enough for the royalmail :x
 
#12
and once upon a time sending parcels or letters to unnamed service personnel courtesy of BFPO3000(I think that was the BFPO number) was all the rage.
 
#13
Failing that, get in touch with RHQ Coldstream Guards. The 1st Battalion is deployed as we speak and I'm sure something can be sorted out to get parcels to the lads.
 
#14
Nice idea, but an unnamed parcel could be from anyone at all, and could also contain anything at all.

Just imagine opening a letter bomb in Afghanistan....
 
#17
I took a load to thed post office yesterday some addressed to A Female Soldier and then the address. They were all accepted.

I did put my senders address on and a list of contents.
 
#18
Info from BFPO suggests that mail to named soldiers is taking priority to ensure they get stuff from families/friends first. Sounds like BFPO have more they normally handle at moment so having to lay some priorities down. Not sure if Royal Mail are refusing items pointblank on unilateral basis.
 
#19
theoriginalphantom said:
and once upon a time sending parcels or letters to unnamed service personnel courtesy of BFPO3000(I think that was the BFPO number) was all the rage.
That was GW1, plenty of anonymous parcels came our way, and the funniiest thing about the whole thing was in NI 8 months later, we were still recieving them, after a round the world trip.
 
#20
snozzer said:
Just took a load of parcels to the local PO and they wont accept them because they are not to a named individual. They actually phoned the HQ and I spoke to them and quote "the MOD has a warehouse full of them and dnot know what to do with them" the pratt then told me I had to either pay for them or send them to a named individual. Now I have 50 odd parcels (the whole street has donated) and need some way to get them there.

The 2 address I was using was

A British Soldier
c/o Capt S Beattie MBE SO3 J I
HQ Task Force Helmand
Lashkar Gar
BFPO 715

A British Soldier
c/o J I Branch
HQ MND (SE)
Op Telic
BFPO 641

Anyone any ideas as last posting day is tomorrow
The addresses you've tried to use are the ones given on the Help For Heroes website for sending parcels out - anyone else had problems? ........ http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/helpahero_3.html
 

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