TWO children from Gwent will have their Christmas card designs sold by a military charity to raise funds for British troops this winter.

Chloe Boshier and Joel William, both nine, were two of five winners of a national competition held by Support Our Soldiers to design cards.

And this month their designs have been printed with the other winners’ to produce 1,000 boxes of the five award-winning cards.

The boxes will now be sold on the Support Our Soldiers website and in shops across the country costing £5 each.

Chloe is a Brownie in the St Teilo’s group and Joel is a Cub in Llanyravon.

Initially their cards were selected by the regional Save Our Soldiers co-ordinators in Caldicot and Chepstow, Lynne and Richard Hockey and Christine Coggle.

And then they were submitted to the national competition, and they finished in the top five designs.

Lynne Hockey said she was “overjoyed” that Chloe and Joel had won.

The three other winners of the competition were from Maryport in Cumbria.

Ryan Winthrop, the national coordinator for the cards campaign, said: “The designs are absolutely brilliant, absolutely spot on.”

The charity, which is based in Ayr in Scotland, sends out boxes filled with food, batteries and toiletries to soldiers to make their tours more comfortable.

Nationally, it sends out 3,500 of them a month and 12,500 at Christmas, while the Caldicot and Chepstow regional branch send out 50 boxes a month and will post 350 this Christmas.

The charity has 33 regional branches across the country and has sent over 100,000 parcels to British soldiers around the world since it was set up in 2003.

For more information on getting involved with the charity or donating, visit or email