Food packages sent from Dereham to Afghanistan as a treat for our troops
- Credit: IAN BURT
The wife of an RAF corporal serving in Afghanistan is calling on the county's community spirit to help with her efforts to send food parcels to regiments abroad.
Rachel Drozd, 27, from Dereham, has already despatched one large package full of edible treats to those serving away after thinking about her husband Oliver's favourite foods.
But the mum-of-two says she now wants to make-up and send more packages to the men and women who are serving their country with the help of local businesses.
Her employer, family-run cafe business Flour and Bean, as well as Dereham-based butcher, Terry's, have helped Mrs Drozd in her mission so far, but she says she is already thinking about building up more packages to send away - but needs more local help.
She said: 'It's important to look after people in the Dereham community, and using Norfolk companies to help with the packages is essential.'
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'And focusing on Norfolk companies is absolutely essential. It's very important that in a small market towns we are a part of the community.'
One large package has already been shipped out to the base in the Middle East containing gingerbread men and cookies from the cafe based in Dereham town centre, as well as other foods which have a long shelf life.
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Mr Drozd, who is stationed at RAF Marham, has been serving in Afghanistan for the past two months, and is due to return in June.
His wife said she and their three-year-old son Davey and six-month-old daughter Lyra miss him hugely during his first time in the war-torn country.
'It's difficult, but we are fairly well oiled at it now.'
Mrs Drozd said: 'When they are gone you can look forward to them coming back, but really it's before they go that you get nervey.
'Our three-year-old has found it particularly difficult this time, he's really noticed it.'
The parcels do not have the problem of their contents melting or of going-off because they are vacuum sealed by Terry's butchers in Dereham before they are sent.
The lack of air in the bag means the food will last longer and be fresher for the arrival.
Mrs Drozd added: 'We really have to work with other independent traders.
'It's nice to be nice but also to support things that are important to local people.
'And it's really important that local companies come together on projects like this.'
To get involved contact Rachel via Twitter @FlourandBean or on Facebook search Flour & Bean.