Charity awards £10,000 to King's Lynn-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers
Hundreds of bereaved armed forces children and young people will have the chance to smile again following a donation to Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
The £10,000 from ABF, The Soldiers Charity, formerly the Army Benevolent Fund, will support Scotty's four family programmes.
Scotty’s, based in Lynn, offers relief from the effects of bereavement to children and young people who have experienced the death of a parent who served with the armed forces, and the donation will go towards allowing families to access the very best emotional health and wellbeing support and have outstanding development opportunities.
Army widow Nikki Scott set up the charity in 2010 after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009, leaving behind two young children - Kai was five and Brooke was just seven months.
She said: “The grant we’ve received from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is absolutely phenomenal. We support bereaved Forces children from all services and we are so grateful for this additional help for our Army families.
“Our family programmes provide our members with support and guidance throughout their childhood and early adult lives, and offers a respite, however brief, from the daily ups and downs of coping with the death of a parent.
“Without the continued support we receive, so many bereaved armed forces children and young people would go without the support and wellbeing they need and deserve. The whole team at Scotty’s would like to say a big thanks to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for their incredibly generous grant.”
Retired brigadier Peter Monteith, chief of staff at ABF, said: “We are delighted to continue to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers with the work that it does. It is really important that we continue to look after children and young people who have experienced the death of a mum or dad who served in the British Army. Scotty’s Family Programmes provide the whole package, from emotional wellbeing support, to education and having fun, they provide a lifeline for those who need it. Thank you!”