King’s Lynn station garden now tended by Scotty’s Little Soldier’s

Scotty's Little Soldiers at King's Lynn Station ANL-160713-142332001

Scotty's Little Soldiers at King's Lynn Station ANL-160713-142332001

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Lynn-based charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers has adopted the station close to its Austin Street home as part of its work with bereaved children.

The charity will work with Great Northern to maintain the gardens surrounding King’s Lynn station.

To mark the new partnership, pupils and teachers from West Lynn School joined volunteers from the charity and Great Northern staff to plant new flowers which the charity will now look after.

The group of children will be rewarded with a trip to London as a thank you from Great Northern for all of their help and support.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set up by Nikki Scott who lost her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, in 2009. The charity provides relief from the effects of bereavement to young people up to the age of 18 who have suffered the loss of a parent serving with the British Armed Forces.

The objective of Scotty’s Little Soldiers is to get the children smiling again with access to fun activities, holidays to Scotty’s Lodge and gifts at difficult times, but it also provides professional bereavement counselling and a range of grants to help with the children’s personal development.

Karen Gregson, Great Northern Group station manager, said: “I would like to thank all of the children, teachers and volunteers for coming along to help us plant our new flowers.

“We are extremely honoured to be partnered with Scotty’s Little Soldiers and look forward to welcoming the charity throughout the year.

“We also hope that the children from West Lynn School enjoy their visit on the train to London when the time comes.”

Mrs Scott said: “We’d like to say thank you to Great Northern for the garden – it will be lovely to get stuck in and watch it bloom throughout the year.

“Having our own garden is such a fantastic way to raise awareness of Scotty’s Little Soldiers and the support we provide to bereaved British Forces children, from helping them to smile again with special gifts and trips to our Scotty lodges, to emotional support and educational grants, so that they can look forward to a brighter future full of happiness.

“We want to reach out to as many bereaved military families as possible in the UK.”