KATHERINE Jenkins has performed two special concerts for hundreds of UK troops during a visit to Afghanistan with The British Forces Foundation (BFF).

Jenkins2The charity aims to boost and maintain the morale of serving men and women by providing high quality entertainment and other innovative programmes designed to demonstrate public support of our Armed Forces.

Katherine, who is a patron of the charity and has previously performed in locations such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland, said: “Returning to Afghanistan has been just as emotional and humbling as the first time in 2007.

“I would like to thank everyone I met in Camp Bastion for making it an experience I will never forget and send my love to all the families of those on Operation Herrick.

“It is an immense honour to be able to perform for the men and women of our Armed Forces and I will continue to do so for as long as they want me to.”

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Katherine spent time signing autographs and visiting personnel and even sang an impromptu “Happy Birthday” to Craftsman Bryan Larkin.

The 22-year-old, who works as a vehicle maintainer at Theatre Logistic Group, said: “It was a real surprise when she sang Happy Birthday.

“I’m two months into my tour and the last thing I expected was to be sitting on a vehicle with Katherine Jenkins singing on my birthday.”

Jenkins4BFF Chief Executive Officer, Mark Cann, said: “It doesn’t matter what this visit means for BFF, it matters to the guys we have come to see.

“If they all think it’s been a success, a lift, and they get a sense of people back home being behind them, then we have done our job.

“Katherine’s commitment to the Armed Forces and willingness to come to places such as Camp Bastion, time and time again, is utterly brilliant. She is a star.”

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