King's Lynn Scotty's Little Soldiers founder Nikki Scott: anniversary of husband Lee’s death on July 10 is tough for family
I always dread this time of year as the anniversary of Lee’s death is the 10th of July. It’s a tough period for our family, but I always make sure to remind Kai and Brooke how brave their dad was, how much he loved them and how proud he would be of them.
Lee is remembered every day in our home, but Kai and Brooke often need some extra time to remember and chat about him in July. No matter how hard the day is, we always try to have some fun and do something nice together, like he would have wanted.
Lee’s anniversary falls very close to Armed Forces Week. It can be another emotional time for our family, but we always make sure to honour the soldiers who continue to risk their lives in service of our country. This year I attended a flag raising ceremony at Tower Gardens in King’s Lynn. It was a great event and I felt really proud to mark the event with our local community.
Tragically, not everyone who serves our country lives to see their children grow up. It’s because of this that we’ve launched the Help Find Their Children campaign. The campaign is being fronted by former Head of the British Army, General Lord Dannatt, who is calling on anyone with military links to help find children who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.
I created Scotty’s so no child would have to experience what Kai and Brooke went through, but there are still lots of bereaved military children out there who aren’t part of Scotty’s that could be benefitting from our support. Please visit www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/veterans and help us find them.
Earlier this month, the Scotty’s Members Council came together at Carrow Road Football Stadium in Norwich to discuss the services we provide. The council is made up of 12 Scotty members who have a say in how the charity operates and the direction we’re heading. Everything we do, we do for our members, which is why it’s so important to us that their voices are heard.
The Scotty’s Council Weekend was lots of fun and a perfect opportunity to discuss what we’re working on with the young people who will be directly impacted by it. Our Members are always so insightful and I can’t wait to start putting their ideas into action!
Last year, I agreed to do a secret challenge if we raised over £1,000 during an auction at our annual fundraising ball. In the end we raised over £2,000 and the challenge was revealed to be a wing walk. A few days ago I finally did it, and it was as terrifying as I thought it would be! My heart was pounding, but I gritted my teeth and did it for Scotty’s. The feeling of being stood so high up was actually quite breathtaking and I’m very proud of myself. I don’t plan on trying it again any time soon, but what a thing to say you have done!
Finally, if you have a dog, why not raise money for Scotty’s this August by taking on our 100km Woof Walk? Most people walk their dogs daily, but this might give you the push to go that bit further. Plus, once you’ve raised £150, we’ll send you an exclusive Scotty’s bandana for your pooch to wear with pride!
Every donation helps ensure we can continue providing bereaved military children and young people with the support they need. To take part, simply sign up at www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/fundraising/woof-walk.