Father’s Day at Scotty’s Little Soldiers

So tomorrow is our 7th event – exactly half way through our mammoth fundraising effort for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

It’s a tough challenge, our very first open water swim, with whatever that will throw at us (mucky water we can’t swallow, and completely changing our swimming style as a result of the wet suits and trying to fight the wind & currents). It’s nothing compared to what the kids that Scotty’s Little Soldiers will be going through though. Tomorrow is Father’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate and say thanks to our Dad for being wonderful (thanks, by the way), but tomorrow the majority of the 143 child members of Scotty’s won’t have a Dad there as they were killed serving our country. Nikki has written this great blog about what the day will be about for her and her two kids, and writes:

“I always say that when you have lost an important person in your life, it doesn’t have to be Father’s Day or Remembrance Day or the anniversary to be a tough day, every day can be hard. I guess a day like Father’s Day will be that bit tougher though because there is so much activity around them. I can imagine that the brave young children who have lost a dad will feel the pain and upset, maybe even anger and jealousy, no matter what they do this Father’s Day.”

Please have a little read and then think about what a difference a donation can make to cheer children like Kai and Brooke up. Hope you all have a wonderful day with your Dad/sons/daughters/family!

A note from Nikki x

IMGL0005With Father’s Day just around the corner I always start to feel for my children, Kai and Brooke, and all the kids Scotty’s supports.

The day brings mixed emotions.  As a parent I want my children to remember their daddy for what a great father he was to them, but with that always comes the upset and pain of knowing that he is not here anymore and misses out on so many special times.

It’s hard to know what to do for the best.  Do you carry on as if it’s a normal day so the kids don’t get upset, or do you do something to honour the memory of their daddy but risk the fact that they may get emotional and start asking questions all over again?

I guess it depends on the children’s ages and what they want to do.  With Father’s Day such a public event, advertised…

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Time for the Beast on Saturday!


Our next challenge is this Saturday! We are doing the Beast of Bryn race. This is a 6.8 mile run just outside Port Talbot, with some pretty steep hills in it! I suspect we will bump into a number of the Run 4 All lot there, which will be great as their support really does keep you going when the times get tough! For the full race info go to http://www.bwystfilybryn.btck.co.uk

We’re not particularly run fit at the moment, with a lot of our focus being on getting our cycling up to scratch! But it should be a good run if the weather holds out.

At least we can get on with Gemma’s birthday celebrations afterwards (on hold as we didn’t think it was too wise to celebrate on the Friday night!). Anyone know a good pub for a quick one afterwards?!

If you can spare a couple of quid, please donate on justgiving.com/14challengeswheeler2