Who we are
uk4u Thanks! is a registered charity which provides Christmas boxes full of presents (affectionately known as the 'square stocking') as a gift from the nation to all those serving in the UK Armed Forces overseas away from their families and loved ones on Christmas Day.
Each year, thanks entirely to generous donations from members of the public and our sponsors, uk4u Thanks! is able to send approximately 23,000 Christmas gift boxes to UK Armed Forces personnel on duty overseas or in hospital over the Christmas period because they have been injured on operations.
The charity does not receive any public funds, but the Ministry of Defence (MOD) supports the charity with advice and guidance on the number of boxes required and the contents. It also assists with the massive logistics operation it takes to deliver the boxes in time for Christmas Day.
We ensure that all Servicemen and women who are serving away at Christmas receive a box, whether they are in the Army, Royal Navy or the Royal Air Force, and wherever they are in the world.
The initiative was inspired by the 1914 Christmas Gift Fund, established by Princess Mary, the daughter of King George V. You can find out more about the first Christmas box here. The Duke of Westminster is Patron of our charity.
The MOD help us by sending the boxes in any transport going out to operational theatres which has spare irreducible capacity.
Please note that unfortunately the charity is unable to send boxes on behalf of other people.
What exactly will you find inside these boxes?
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