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An army veteran is supporting a Lynn-based charity during self-isolation by asking people to make donations for his birthday this month.

Steve Scott, of Feltwell, who turned 83 at the start of this month, decided to donate his birthday to a cause close to his heart – Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a national charity supporting hundreds of children who have lost a parent while serving in the Armed Forces.

Steve’s father was killed during the Second World War when was just four, so he understands the pain of losing a parent at a young age.

Army veteran Steve Scott is fundraising for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Pictured in 2018 in Norwich fundraising for Scotty's. (33201530)
Army veteran Steve Scott is fundraising for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Pictured in 2018 in Norwich fundraising for Scotty's. (33201530)

In recent weeks, Scotty’s, which currently supports 395 bereaved children across the UK, has had to adapt to the changes put in place in order to continue to deliver the integral support required.

With many traditional ways of fundraising being cancelled, fundraisers like Steve are thinking of ways they can maintain their support while at home.

For Steve, who has been an avid supporter and fundraiser for Scotty’s for nine years, donating his birthday to the charity was a no-brainer and a great way to raise much-needed funds from home.

Army veteran Steve Scott is fundraising for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Pictured in 2019 in Northampton fundraising for Scotty's. (33201543)
Army veteran Steve Scott is fundraising for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Pictured in 2019 in Northampton fundraising for Scotty's. (33201543)

Steve has requested that all money that would usually be spent on presents and on celebrating his birthday be donated to Scotty’s.

He has exceeded his target of £150 but is hoping to raise more and has personally pledged to double his original target by adding another £150.

Scotty’s was founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010 after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan the previous year, leaving behind two young children.

Army veteran Steve Scott is fundraising for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Pictured in 1970 in Milawi for the President Parade with his wife. (33201535)
Army veteran Steve Scott is fundraising for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Pictured in 1970 in Milawi for the President Parade with his wife. (33201535)

The charity has a very special place in Steve’s heart. Born in 1937, Steve grew up in a military family, and like Scotty’s members, knows the pain of losing a parent.

His father Harry Scott was a gunner in the Royal Artillery when the ship he was on was torpedoed with the loss of all hands, leaving just Steve and his mum behind.

It was when Steve started delving into his father’s life that he discovered Scotty’s.

Army veteran Steve Scott is fundraising for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Pictured in 1960 in Germany. (33201539)
Army veteran Steve Scott is fundraising for Scotty's Little Soldiers. Pictured in 1960 in Germany. (33201539)

He said: “I first discovered Scotty’s almost 10 years ago. I phoned Scotty’s, explained that I was retired and ex-military and had a lot of time on my hands.

“Before I knew it, three days later, I was volunteering on stalls, tin collections, you name it. It’s Nikki and my personal experience that attracted me to the charity.

“When my dad died there wasn’t any support available and a single parent wasn’t the norm, even though when the war ended lots of dads didn’t come home to their family.

“When I went to school at eight years old, there was no support for children like me.

“I was a child with no dad as well as having asthma, so I was subject to a lot of bullying. I left school at 15 years old and joined the Army at 17 where I stayed until I was 40.”

Steve added: “I can’t do as much as I used to on my own as I suffer from COPD so I’m not as active anymore now I’m older, so for the past couple of years I’ve tried to fundraise as much as I can, because every little helps, especially at times like these when the children need Scotty’s the most.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers does a variety of things to support its members, including providing access to health and wellbeing care, offering development opportunities and providing respite breaks, posting them birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death.

Officials at Scotty’s said usually, at this time of year, they would be arranging for the families, all grieving for a loved one, to go on a respite break but this is not possible at present.

In recent weeks, the charity says it has had to adapt to the current climate and has been using modern technology and arranging exciting virtual events and activities to engage with its members, ensuring them that in uncertain times such as theses they are not alone.

Nikki said: “Steve is an absolute legend and it’s a true honour to have someone like him as a volunteer fundraising for Scotty’s. He’s part of our family.

“In the current climate we need supporters like Steve to help us maintain our fundraising, as our members need us now more than ever.”

To donate to Steve’s birthday fundraiser visit www.justgiving.comfundraising/stevescott83.

And to see how you could support Scotty’s Little Soldiers visit scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk.



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