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Scotty’s Little Soldiers founder Nikki Scott wins in Forces awards hosted by Coronation Street's Antony Cotton

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Last week I had the opportunity to go to an event in London. It was the first in-person event I had been to since before Covid.

The event was the Celebrating Forces Families Awards and it was incredible to be in a room full of inspirational people who care so much about Forces families.

I felt proud to be there representing Scotty’s Little Soldiers and I was really honoured to be given an award for Overcoming Adversity (pictured with awards host, actor Antony Cotton). Any awards we receive are testament to the hard work of the Scotty’s team.

Nikki Scott with Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton who hosted the Celebrating Forces Families Awards.
Nikki Scott with Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton who hosted the Celebrating Forces Families Awards.

This month, my daughters, Brooke and Tilly, are taking part in Scotty’s May Marathon. It’s a fundraising challenge where they need to cover 26.2 miles by the end of May. Brooke is 13 now and is doing it in honour of her dad, Lee, who died in Afghanistan.

Tilly is seven and even though Lee isn’t her father and she never met him, she still feels really connected to both him and Scotty’s.

Me and my husband, Joe, gave her the middle name Lee in memory of him.

I’m super proud of Brooke and Tilly for doing May Marathon and lots of Scotty’s members are taking on the challenge too, which always means a lot to me.

Anyone can take part and you can complete the challenge in any way you like, it just has to be completed by the end of the month. Go on, slip on your running shoes and sign up at www.scottychallenges.co.uk.

I mentioned last month that my son, Kai, has just turned 18. Kai is the reason I started Scotty’s Little Soldiers, and seeing how he’s grown from that little boy whose dad had just died to the young man he is now makes me so proud.

Joe and I took him to America to see Wrestlemania as a big 18th birthday treat. Kai absolutely loves wrestling and he was so excited to be there.

I didn’t know much about wrestling at first, but by the time we flew back I felt like an expert!

It’s Dying Matters Awareness week, a time for everyone across the UK to talk about death. Often people are scared to talk about dying, but we all experience it at some point.

One of my favourite things about Scotty’s is how our members are able to talk about their bereavement with other people who have experienced a similar thing.

Not talking about it can lead to more issues further down the line. I think it’s really important to open up and end the stigma.

Finally, last year I agreed to do a surprise challenge if we raised more than £1,000 at our annual fundraising ball.

The goal was smashed, and by the end of the night we had raised more than £2,000.

I hate heights and had my fingers crossed it wouldn’t be anything high up, but my colleagues had other ideas, which is why at the end of May I’ll be doing a sponsored wing walk! I’m really not looking forward to this one, but I’ll do my best for Scotty’s. Wish me luck!

Nikki Scott

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