Renowned for her competitive spirit and inability to resist a challenge, Spirit FM’s intrepid Drive time presenter Milly Luxford is about to embark on her biggest trial to date – a week in Afghanistan with the troops in Helmand.
Admitting to being somewhat apprehensive about the experience, Milly hopes to take messages from West Sussex-based friends and family of soldiers who are currently deployed in Camp Bastion. She would love to hear from anyone who would like to either record a message or send a letter for her to deliver.
Sprung as a surprise live on air, engineered by Spirit’s Ian Crouch, the usually vocal Milly was stunned into silence when she first heard about the trip. Since then she has undertaken Hostile Environmental Training, followed by much form-filling, medicals and numerous jabs in preparation for her visit.
Ian Crouch said: “I arranged for Milly to join the UN troops in Cyprus last year, but sending our Milly to an actual warzone was a much bigger gamble. However, I was pretty sure that being such a game girl, she would embrace the opportunity and so I went ahead and set it up.”
With a week to go, Milly says it is all becoming very real: “I am nervous but excited, but it will be an honour and a privilege to witness first-hand the incredible work that our brave men and women do. The Army have given me every support and I am sure it will be an experience that I will never forget.”
Anyone with friends or family currently serving out in Camp Bastion should contact Milly at Spirit FM on 01243 773600 or at firstname.lastname@example.org