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Soldiering On, by Nikki Scott, February 7, 2020

My baby daughter is just over a month old now and already I can’t remember life without her. I’d forgotten how little sleep you get at this stage, so I’m constantly tired but, of course, she is more than worth it.

In between feeds I’m checking emails and making sure the Scotty’s Little Soldiers children are OK and being well looked after.

I’ve been into the office a couple of times too and I’ve done some filming. Awareness of the work we do is so important to help encourage people to support the charity and also to reach families that may need our help so we produce as much video content as we can.

Nikki Scott films charity video for Scotty's Little Soliders (28332196)
Nikki Scott films charity video for Scotty's Little Soliders (28332196)

I used to hate being filmed (and still do!) but I know how important it is!

In fact, one of the videos we produced last year has been shortlisted for The Charity Film Awards.

This video doesn’t feature me though, it shows my daughter Brooke, who is 11, meeting her dad’s former Troop Sergeant, Paul.

Brooke was only seven months when Lee died so she has no memories of him. We talk about Lee all the time but for her it was so special to meet Paul and find out things about her dad that she didn’t know before. A lot of the families supported by Scotty’s feel disconnected with the military community after the death of their loved one, so we filmed the video to encourage people to reconnect. We are very proud to be up for a national award alongside so many other fantastic films from charities.

If you want to watch our video, you can go to the Scotty’s TV page on YouTube.

I’m also really honoured to have been selected as a finalist in two categories for the Soldiering on Awards. It’s very prestigious within the military community so it’s really exciting. I’ve been invited to a special reception for finalists at the House of Lords in London this month, so it will be great to have a night away from nappies and vomit and get dressed up!

The team at Scotty’s are really busy at the moment co-ordinating grants for some of the older children we support. The idea is to help provide them with development opportunities. These kids face all sorts of challenges so a financial contribution towards something that will enhance them such as dancing lessons, a photography course or an educational school trip, can make a huge difference to them.

Of course, we can’t provide opportunities like this or any of the support we offer to bereaved kids without funding and we are so lucky to have lots of businesses and individuals giving their time to fundraise for Scotty’s.

In fact, a couple based in Lynn selected Scotty’s as their charity of the year in 2019 and have completed a huge number of marathons. They’ve decided to extend their support to March this year and have completed almost 100 marathons, which is incredible. Well done and thank you to Lloyd McMurtary and Charlie Harwood.

I also want to thank everyone who voted for Scotty’s for the Lynn News Charity of the Year. We were honoured to be shortlisted and the QEH Maternity Unit Bereavement Suite absolutely deserves to be selected.

I know how much hard work goes on behind the scenes for every charity so there’s never any rivalry, we all just hope each cause can achieve its goals.

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