Blooms Cardiff Garden Centre sends fly swats to soldiers in Afghanistan

Staff at a Garden Centre Group (formerly Wyevale) garden centre in South Wales have donated 1,000 fly swats to the Welsh Guards serving in Afghanistan after a request from a customer.

Caroline McMail, from Bassaleg, wanted to help her 20-year-old son and his colleagues who are currently serving in Afghanistan and approached Blooms Cardiff Garden Centre in St Mellons for assistance.

She said: "I fundraise for the Welsh Guards as much as I can and I wanted to do something to help make my eldest son, Steven, and his colleagues' time in Afghanistan a little easier. One of the things that they can't get hold of in the Middle East, but are much needed, are fly swats and insect repellent.

"I went along to the garden centre to ask if they could donate something to the troops to help out and was delighted that they were able to give 1,000 fly swats to the cause."

Blooms Cardiff manager Paul Hodges said: "It's really important to support our troops serving in Afghanistan and when Caroline came in and asked if we could donate something to the Welsh Guard we jumped at the chance. We teamed up with one of our suppliers, STV, which provides us with ecological and environmentally-friendly pest control products. STV supplied 576 fly swats to the troops and we donated the rest.

"We can only imagine how uncomfortable it must be in a hot climate with flies buzzing around so it made sense to help the troops out by supplying them with fly swats. The swats have been sent out to the Guards and I hear that they are much appreciated."


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