King's Lynn's Nikki has some down-time with family
I’m currently on holiday with my family in Plymouth! It’s so great to have some time away.
Life is a juggling act, with a busy job and four kids, so I’m really enjoying a week where things are a little calmer and I can focus on my family. We have extended family here and my sister-in-law has finally met our youngest daughter, Dani, for the first time.
It’s sad to think Dani is 19 months old and has only just met her auntie and cousins, but at least now we are finally able to get back to a bit of normality.
I’ve left the team at Scotty’s hard at work. This summer Scotty’s are teaming up with military charity FAB (Family Activity Breaks).
FAB provide fun and challenging activity camps for bereaved military families and we are thrilled to be working with them this year. Scotty’s will be on hand to provide specialist bereavement support and guidance before, during and after the camps. Both charities share a common goal, so working with them feels like a perfect partnership. 24 of the 32 families attending this summer’s FAB camps are already known to Scotty’s, so this is an amazing opportunity to not only provide our own members and their families with additional support, but also to help other military families who have experienced the death of a loved one.
I’ve always admired the work FAB does so I’m glad Scotty’s are able to help their team ensure that families attending their camps get the specialist bereavement support they need.
You might remember that a couple of months ago I mentioned that Scotty’s released a short film, A Hero’s Legacy. We are so excited because it’s been watched by over half a million people and has even been viewed as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada, the USA and throughout Europe. We created it to give people a real insight into why Scotty’s was set up and to tell the story of my husband Lee and how he inspired a movement that has gone on to support hundreds of bereaved Forces children and young people.
We’ve always had an annual Scotty’s fundraising ball which is a glitzy, fun-filled night. It used to be held in King’s Lynn, but, as the charity grew in size, we found that people from all over the UK wanted to attend and it became a really big event, so we moved it to Chesford Grange in Warwick.
Obviously, last year it couldn’t happen and the event was virtual instead, so this year I cannot wait to ditch the lounge-wear and get dressed up! It’s such an incredible evening with live entertainment and will be held on October 23. You are all invited!
Before I get back to my kids, I just want to mention that this year Scotty’s are proud to be taking part in the first-ever UK Spartan Honour Series and we are offering free places!
This is only available to veterans or serving military personal and active NHS, police, fire departments, first responders and prison officers as it is a celebration of those who put their lives on the line to serve and protect us.
It’s taking place on October 9-10 at Pippingford Park in East Sussex.
If you want to find out more about this or any of the other things I have mentioned, please go to www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk.
Enjoy the summer!