So, where DO you post a valen­tine card in Hel­mand

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SHINY red Bri­tish post­boxes aren’t the first things that spring to mind when you think of Hel­mand Province, Afghanistan.

But this iconic re­minder of home sits proudly in Main Op­er­at­ing Base (MOB) Price.

And the hard-work­ing mem­bers of the Bri­tish Forces Post Of­fice are cur­rently graft­ing over­time to make sure loved ones at home don’t go lonely this Valen­tine’s Day.

Royal Marine Lewis Bell-Long­ford is seen here post­ing a love let­ter to girl­friend Lowrie Davies, who is wait­ing pa­tiently at home for him in his na­tive Som­er­set.

The Royal Marine, 24, from 40 Com­mando, was first in line to make sure this hand­made card got to his mis­sus of two years.

He said: “If I can’t be there on the day, it makes it eas­ier to send some­thing so she knows I’m think­ing of her.

“I can’t be with her this Valen­tine’s Day but I’m look­ing for­ward to see­ing Lowrie when I get back for my two-week break in a month’s time.

“We’re plan­ning to go on hol­i­day as soon as I’m back – some­where warm and sunny, and hopefully with a bit more nightlife than we get over here!”

The shiny red post­box was de­liv­ered to Camp Price back in July 2007, courtesy of the Royal Mail and the Bri­tish Forces Post Of­fice in Lon­don.

And the whole op­er­a­tion of get­ting mail to and from Afghanistan is a mam­moth un­der­tak­ing.

Post is de­liv­ered and sent back home twice a week by mil­i­tary per­son­nel work­ing on be­half of the Royal Mail.

Parcels for in­di­vid­ual troops un­der 2kg can be sent free of charge to mil­i­tary bases in Afghanistan through any UK Post Of­fice.

And if you wish to send a morale­boost­ing gift to our boys and girls on the front line, visit www.uk4u.org.

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