Today I’m hosting a guest post from Nikki Scott whose husband Lee was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. Nikki founded the children’s charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers to support the children of those who have lost their lives whilst serving in the British Military.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers
I don’t think I’d ever experienced true pain until the day I was told my husband, Corporal Lee Scott, had been killed in action. An IED had hit his vehicle in Helmand Province. He’d only been one month into his
It was at that moment; my whole world came crashing down. Nothing was ever going to be the same. How was I ever going to tell my two kids? How do you even begin to tell a 5 year old and 7 month old that Daddy was gone and he wasn’t coming back? My whole world had been torn into millions of pieces and I couldn’t even consider how my life would return to normality.
Despite the horrendously painful months that followed, I knew for the sake of my two children, Kai and Brooke, I couldn’t stay in that state of grief forever. I had to channel it into something positive, I just didn’t know what or how. Then some 9 months later, on a family holiday, I saw Kai smile for the first time since his Dad’s death. It was amazing. I realised that there must be so many more children who had also lost a parent in the British Forces that also needed the chance to laugh and be happy again. So Scotty’s Little Soldiers was born. I wanted to focus on helping children to realise that it is OK to have fun and smile again, even after losing a loved one.
The charity now supports 195 children of the fallen. Scotty’s sends children letters, cards, birthday resents, Christmas gifts, vouchers and helps towards holiday breaks, clubs and activities. We have 4 holiday lodges where families can take a well-deserved break away from the pain that accompanies the loss of a loved one, with everything provided. Scotty’s also offers emotional support in conjunction with child bereavement charity Winston’s Wish to provide a vital resource for grieving children. Not wanting to stop there, we also focus on the personal development of Scotty’s kids – helping with things like swimming or driving lessons and we even offer the opportunity to apply for a Further Education grant. Since its beginnings, it’s fair to say that Scotty’s has gone from strength to strength. In 2012 I won a Millie award for the charity and just last year I was a finalist at the Pride of Britain awards. We have our own clothing line in Tesco and this year we will be opening our fifth holiday lodge. However, none of this would have been possible without the help of Scotty’s loyal supporters who have been there throughout. Without them, Scotty’s couldn’t have achieved all that it has and for that, I will be forever grateful.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers invites everyone who is passionate about their cause and wants to support their work to get in touch via their website at www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk, find them on Facebook or by calling them on
01553 763 000.