I am currently serving in Afghanistan and received my quilt a few months ago. I was so excited and touched that a stranger would make this for me.
I transferred to ADF almost 3 years ago and having served with the British Army for almost 24 years I don't recall ever having something special made for me like this.
I have deployed many times in the past and will treasure my quilt and laundry bag as much as my medals for what it stands for.
I read your AHQ blog, sent to me in an email, recently and I was moved by your individual motivation and I consider it to be very worthwhile.
I have decided to mount all of my memorabilia when I return home, framed for my wall. The laundry bag will be the backing. When people ask me why I have a black and yellow backing, I will tell them the story of you girls and the morale that you bring to the troops, something that you can't buy.
Camp Baker RTF have donated money to assist you in your great effort and I know that many people appreciate what you do for them.
A big thank you to Jan-Maree, Angela, Jeann, Joan, Liz, Carol, Claire, Debra, Janine, Carolyn, Caz and all the other helpers that I do not have names. Thank You all.
Carolyn, I was lucky enough to attend the 90th Anniversary of the Somme, in France, and saw the fields of gold and the trenched area where our Grandfathers fought and was moved and honoured to have that experience.
I have also seen the poppy field painting in Kensington Gardens described by one of the girls, I too would love to have it on my wall.
I am spending ANZAC Day on Operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan and during the dawn service it was an honour to stand where others have stood and listen to the names of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice being read out.
At the same time in Darwin my son marched for the first time with the Army cadets, a very proud day for me indeed.
I will have stories to pass on to my children and among those tales will be one of kindness and support from you girls at AHQ.
Keep up the great work that is much appreciated by all.