Tuesday, 06 October 2015

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Carlisle United's support for soldiers in Afghanistan

A very special thank you has been sent from Afghanistan to Carlisle, after Carlisle United Football Club players signed a programme for British soldiers.

Graham Kavanagh  photo
Graham Kavanagh

The club had been sent a letter from a soldier identified only as David, asking for a signed image to add to their “morale wall”.

A spokesman for the Blues explained: “Some of the other lads in his unit had asked the clubs they support and had received some signed images.

“Manager Graham Kavanagh signed a programme and included a personal message, and we then got all of the players to sign it as well.”

The programme was so well-received, that David wrote back to thank the players.

“We always respond to requests like that one,” the club spokesman added. “But very rarely get a response saying thank you, so we thought we would post it online.”

The letter said: “I received the signed programme yesterday that you sent.

“It has taken pride of place on our morale wall at work. I can’t thank you and the players enough for this kind gesture and, as the wall says, it massively increased morale.

“The lads are delighted with it – even the Preston fan, ha ha.”

It continued: “It means a lot to all of us, knowing that you have taken a bit of time to sort this. It may not have seemed like a lot to you and the players, but trust me, it is.”

It was signed from all at 903 EAW, Navaids Section, Camp Bastion.


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