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Schoolboy, 9, behind postcards for heroes

PUBLISHED: 16:57 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 11:19 23 August 2010

THOUSANDS of messages of support and gratitude are being sent on postcards to army veterans and serviceman across the country. George Taylor, nine, of Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, the Royal British Legion s youngest campaigner, penned a letter which was

THOUSANDS of messages of support and gratitude are being sent on postcards to army veterans and serviceman across the country.

George Taylor, nine, of Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, the Royal British Legion's youngest campaigner, penned a letter which was sent to hundreds of schools across north Kent and the rest of the UK encouraging children to get involved in the scheme.

Children aged from four to 11-years-old have sent the cards to the Legion in time for Christmas, some of which they have designed themselves.

Each postcard includes a personal message of support to a serviceman.

George, a pupil at Shears Green Primary School, got involved in campaigning for the Royal British Legion after he wrote to MP Adam Holloway demanding more help for war veterans.

In the letter he writes: "Please do get your pupils involved in this, it's really quick and easy and will mean so much to the people receiving the cards.

"I am going to do this at my school, we want young people all over Britain to write to veterans and their families."

Helen Hill, the Royal British Legion's school advisor said more than 8,000 cards had been sent in and more were arriving by the day.

She said: "We have been distributing them for quite a while and we want to get them all out before Christmas.

"The response has been absolutely unbelievable. George is an absolutely fantastic campaigner for us, and it was his letter that really got people involved.

The messages are extraordinary. They have an emotional honesty and directness that only children can express."

"We will make sure that George writes a thank you letter for all of the children across the country that have taken part in this scheme."

The cards were sent to wounded heroes at Selly Oak and Headley Court, to service personnel at various garrisons and fighting units and veterans who are resident at Legion care homes.

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