The children of the fallen soldier who inspired the Scotty’s Little Soldiers charity will be “doing it for daddy” when they line up for GEAR in May.
Kai, 9, and Brooke, 5, Scott will be taking part in the Mini Grand East Anglian Run to raise money for the charity set up after their father, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2009.
The Lynn-based charity was founded by their mum and Lee’s wife Nikki Scott to support the children of men and women killed while serving in the armed forces, and has raised more than £1 million to date.
Kai and Brooke were just five-years and eight-months-old respectively when they lost their dad in action.
Now the brother and sister, of Walpole St Andrew, want to do their bit to support other youngsters in the same situation, and help put a smile back on their faces.
They said: “We miss our daddy loads because he was killed in Afghanistan. We are going to run the GEAR fun run in his memory to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
“We want to help other kids that have lost their daddies too.”
Mrs Scott said Kai and Brooke were cheering on people who were running in aid of Scotty’s Little Soldiers at last year’s GEAR run and they said they wanted to do it this year.
She said: “The kids said they wanted a picture of daddy on their top and then they said they could raise money for other children of Scotty’s.
“I think because they are growing up around the charity and see all the amazing fundraisers, it’s natural that they want to fundraise too.
“I am so proud of them both, they both have very different types of grief, Kai remembers Lee and misses him so much and Brooke has no memories to treasure so gets upset because she can’t remember him.
“Luckily we have lots of photos and wonderful friends and family to share our memories with her. I cannot wait to see them on the day, they are very excited.”
Kai and Brooke will be running the 1.2 mile mini GEAR distance when the event is held in Lynn on May 4.
They originally set a fundraising target of £100 as that would pay for a gift card for a family when they stay at a Scotty’s holiday lodge, but they have already doubled that amount.
To sponsor Kai and Brooke, visit: www.bmycharity.com/run4daddy