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Children helped by Scotty's Little Soldiers fight to save charity

Children helped by Scotty's Little Soldiers fight to save charity

Published by Beth Pridding
4:30pm 30th May 2020.

Youngsters who have been helped by Scotty's Little Soldiers are doing their bit to save the charity. 

Like many others, Scotty's has fallen on hard times due to the coronavirus outbreak, but those who have been supported by are fighting to keep it going. 

Twelve families have signed up for May Marathon, meaning they can complete 26.2 miles any way they wish throughout the month of May. So far, the families' combined efforts have raised almost £7,000. 

Another member, 11-year-old Zoe Templer, has taken part in a sponsored silence in honour of her father, Sargent Adrian Templer, who was killed in June 2010 and has raised over £750.

Eight-year-old Ava Winter has made a card for Captain Tom and is being sponsored to take the card on a virtual tour from her home in Taunton to Captain Tom's house in Bedfordshire. Ava lost her dad, CSGT Aaron Winter, in December 2013, after he died while training at Norton Manor Camp in Taunton. 

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Founder of Scotty's, Nikki Scott

Ava was almost two-years-old at the time and since his death she has been supported by Scotty's Little Soldiers and found solace in the support network created by the charity, so she wanted to combine her admiration for Captain Tom with her appreciation for Scotty's.

One mum, Caroline Williamson, whose children have been supported by Scotty's since her husband, Sergeant Robert Williamson, died in 2014, climbed 7120 steps in her own home by walking up and down the stairs, making it the equivalent of climbing Mount Snowdon. She did it on May the 4th dressed as R2-D2 because Rob was a huge fan of Star Wars. Caroline raised £650.

Eleven-year-old Ben O'Donnell, who is doing the May Marathon and has already raised over £1,400 for Scotty's, said: 

"I was 9 weeks old when my dad, WO2 Gary O'Donnell GM and BAR, was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. Scotty's Little Soldiers has been there for me and my big brother Aidan who is now 19 and at university. They have helped us in so many different ways and we are so grateful to them, so I want to give something back. I'm going to cycle 26.2 miles during the month of May and I'm making my mum do it too!" 

Scotty's was founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, a year after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan, leaving behind two young children.

The charity currently supports almost 400 children.

Caroline Williamson, mum to two of Scotty's members who virtually climbed Mount Snowdon, said: 

"Nikki is amazing and all the team at Scotty's Little Soldiers have been there for my family and supported us 24-7 for almost 6 years since we tragically lost Rob. Scotty's has been there every step of the way. The kids and I have been struggling recently, with a lot of time on our hands we are thinking about Rob a lot and we really miss him. It's a worrying time for everyone, but Scotty's are still checking in on us every week with the support team calling us - they are working flat out." 

Scotty's Little Solider founder, Nikki Scott, said: 

"It's a really tough time for everyone but these kids already face a numbers of challenges as a result of losing a parent and knowing there's support for them from people that understand means so much to them. We've found that now, more than ever, these families need us. We're been overwhelmed by the amount of families we support working hard to raise funds for us during this difficult time, it is testament to how much Scotty's means to them.

"As with all charities we are feeling the strain of many of our usual fundraising streams being cut off, so any help in raising funds is so appreciated. We've made a promise to these children and we will make sure we keep that. We are supporting them in honour of their fallen heroes. We owe it to servicemen and women to look after their children if the worst happens."  

 To make a donation, go to: www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/donate