Despite the recent cold weather, there appears to be no slowing down in generosity when it comes to supporting Jersey’s soldiers and sailors. Islanders are continuing to get behind campaigns aimed at collecting money, gifts and comforts for men serving overseas.
Among the most popular are those schemes to provide ‘smokes for the troops’. For just a small donation, enough smoking materials are sent to keep one man supplied for a week. Campaign organisers received some welcome news this week. The Board of Customs and Excise agreed to waive the duty normally collected on cigarettes and tobacco sent from the Island. This exemption only applies on goods going to charities engaged in distributing to wounded servicemen in UK hospitals.
There was less welcome news from the organisers of another campaign. The local branch of the YMCA has been supporting the recently formed Jersey Contingent. But they have reported a poor response to the recently launched appeal for hats, scarves and mittens for the local volunteers. For unknown reasons it seems that some Islanders are holding a prejudice against ‘Ours’, as the newspapers have labelled the Jersey Contingent.