Russell Martin and Marc Tierney send their Smile Camp Bastion message of support.

Norwich City players and David Cameron back Military Smiles campaign

Friday, December 21, 2012
5.11 PM

A campaign set up by the girlfriend of a Norfolk soldier has won the backing of Norwich City players - and the prime minister.

As previously reported, Zoey Peace set up her online diary ‘Until February’ to keep her boyfriend Cpl Sam Garwood’s spirits up while he was on tour in Afghanistan.

As part of the blog, the 26-year-old started to post photographs of friends and family holding signs which simply read ‘Smile Camp Bastion’.

Now, Norwich City’s Simeon Jackson, Anthony Pilkington, John Ruddy, Russell Martin and Marc Tierney have joined the growing ranks of famous faces who have sent their own messages of support to Miss Peace’s boyfriend, who is from Long Stratton, and the rest of the soldiers based in Camp Bastion.

Meanwhile, David Cameron has also sent a message of support to the Military Smiles campaign.

Miss Peace, who had previously told the Evening News her boyfriend was a “massive” Norwich City fan, said via her Twitter account: “Thanks to the mega Norwich City Football Club for all your support for our troops! Epic covers you all!”

The events executive, who lives in Doddington in Cambridgeshire, just south-west of Wisbech, is also organising an auction in aid of SSAFA and Forces Children’s Trust with prizes donated by celebrities including TV and radio presenter Chris Evans.

More details on the Military Smiles Facebook page.