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Soldiering on at Easter for Scotty's Little Soldiers

I love this time of year when the weather gets a little milder, the days are longer and flowers start to bloom.

I’m really looking forward to Easter and having some quality time with my family.

We always do an Easter egg hunt and my youngest Dani, who is 15 months, can join in for the first time this year, so I know it will be fun.

Nikki Scott with daughter Brooke and Easter gifts. (45706943)
Nikki Scott with daughter Brooke and Easter gifts. (45706943)

We have some Easter egg kits that we have offered to our members and sent out to those who have requested them.

This year we are also having an Easter competition for our members, where they are designing their own Easter eggs, and we have amazing Easter hampers for three lucky winners.

Special thanks to BAE Systems for raising funds for Scotty’s which has gone towards producing these hampers, and to Radio West Norfolk for kindly donating Easter eggs.

Those of you that know the background of Scotty’s well, will know that I originally had the idea for the charity when I took my kids on holiday around nine months after my husband Lee was killed in 2009. It was on that holiday that I saw my son Kai laugh and smile for the first time since his dad died, and I wanted other children who had experienced the death of a parent who served in the Forces to have an opportunity to get away from it all.

I’m so proud that every year Scotty’s is able to provide bereaved Forces children and young people with a respite break where they can spend quality time with their family.

I know how much it means to them. Last month we received the most amazing offer from Forces Support (a UK bereavement and veterans’ charity).

They are going to cover the costs of all our respite breaks this year. They are also going to continue to provide funding to Scotty’s for the following three years, enabling 100 bereaved Forces families to enjoy respite breaks each year from 2022 to 2024. As if that’s not incredible enough, they also plan to purchase a new lodge for Scotty families to use for years to come.

I’m blown away by this support and just can’t stress enough how much these holidays mean to our members. We are busy getting the breaks booked up, which is really exciting.

I’ve talked in previous columns about Scotty’s expansion plans. We are currently looking to fill two really important positions.

Both are support roles with a direct impact on the emotional wellbeing of our members. The first role will be working with Forces children and young people and supporting their bereavement needs. The second role is supporting parents and carers of bereaved Forces children to make sure they have guidance in order to help them to support their child’s needs. We really want to find the right people for these roles, so if you think you have what it takes, or know someone who you feel would be suitable, please go to www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/jobs. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

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