For those of who who missed it, here is a link to our recent radio interview with Georgina from Radio Cardiff 98.7FM. Thanks for allowing us to come on the show to talk about 14 challenges for 2014, and I hope I got all the Scotty’s Little Soldiers facts right!
This information is taken from the website of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, but please visit their website for even more information!
Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set up by widow Nikki Scott after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed serving the British Army in Afghanistan. In the wake of his death, Nikki could see her two children struggling with the loss of their father, saying “When I took the children away on holiday about nine months after Lee had been killed, I watched Kai smiling and having fun in the pool with his cousins and I suddenly realised I had not seen my little Kai laugh like that in months. That is when I knew I had to do something to try and help him and other children who had also sadly lost a parent, so along with my family and friends we set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers. The charity for children of the fallen.”
Now the charity sends letters, cards, birthday presents, Christmas gifts, tickets, gift vouchers at tough times of the year, help towards clubs and activities and holiday breaks. The charity owns two holiday homes in the UK and aims to buy another soon, with the ultimate goal of letting the children of fallen soldiers know that it’s okay to smile, and to let them know that people remember their parents as heroes.
- Spreading the Word with Nikki Scott (sandieworthy.wordpress.com)
Credit where credit is due: this idea isn’t completely ours. There was definitely some plagiarism. I was inspired by Ben Adams when I first met him completing the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge with my parents running club (hi Run4All Neath http://jettauk.wix.com/run4all), as he was completing 13 Challenges for 2013 in aid of the John Hartson Foundation. His challenges were varied, and I am pleased to say he surpassed his target. So Sophie and I thought “why not”? And, that we better get on it sooner rather than later before we end up having to do 20 challenges in a year!
Just a brief introduction about who we are.
Hi, I’m Gemma and I am 22 years old. I am currently taking an interruption to studies; having completed 4 years at Cardiff University Dental School, I am now working full time at Cardiff University Students’ Union as Vice President, Heath Park Campus. This charity first caught my attention last year when a couple of people I knew completed a 24 hour rugby match, and when Sophie and I were first thinking about the challenge and about nominating a charity it came into my head instantly. In my mind, I chose not to support one of the bigger charities, but to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers because it could have been us who needed them. My Dad was in the Army, serving for 24 years and completing 2 tours. When my Dad retired from the Army, as all soldiers do, he had a dine out, and there he thank my Mum, sister and I for being there – family’s mean a lot to soldiers and whilst Scotty’s Little Soldiers did not exist when I was young, I have no doubt that knowing that there is a charity to look after their children if the worst were to happen means a lot to the men and women currently serving.