The songstress flew out to meet service men and women at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province yesterday
Cheryl Cole has flown to Afghanistan to meet British army troops, marking 10 years of operations in the country ahead of the Pride of Britain Awards in London next month.
It’s thought the ex-X Factor starlet flew out to meet service men and women at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province yesterday, jetting there on a carrier plane from RAF Brize Norton, and keeping soldiers entertained during the flight by handing out drinks and snacks.
During her short trip, Ms C is expected to meet some of the 8,500 soldiers, sailors and airmen – and army dogs – currently on duty in the country.
Reports suggest Cheryl – who’s been given her own set of protective armour – underwent special training before to her visit, where she learnt how to take cover if she came under fire, and how to survive if kidnapped.
But despite the danger, insiders say the songstress was ‘delighted’ to be invited on the trip.
‘Cheryl’s amazed by the courage of all those serving our country,’ one friend told the Mirror.
‘When she was invited to go out to see them in Afghanistan, she immediately said “yes”. She thinks it’s such a great cause and they deserve all the recognition they get.’
And it seems the soldiers were delighted.
‘I couldn’t believe it was Cheryl joining us,’ one revealed. ‘It’s great she’s made the effort to come all the way out here. Not only does she look amazing but it’s a pretty big gesture. It’s cheered everyone up.’
Cheryl’s expected to make a short film during her trip, to be shown at the Pride of Britain Awards next month.