Forces widow Nikki Scott's heartfelt video message after Afghanistan Taliban takeover news
The founder of charity Scotty's Little Soldiers Nikki Scott has released a heartfelt video message following the recent announcement of Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
Mrs Scott lost her husband Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009 and set up her charity to help other bereaved forces families.
Today she has come forward to speak about the "legacy" her husband and many others left behind.
Mrs Scott said:“My husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
"Hearing everything which has been happening in Afghanistan over the past few days has stirred up so many different emotions for me and our children.
"I set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers in 2010 following Lee’s death, to support bereaved British Forces children and young people.
"This is a difficult time for the families we support and it is important people remember how personal this is for families who have experienced the death of a loved one due to serving in Afghanistan. I am incredibly proud of the work Lee and all who served in Afghanistan did.
"They helped many Afghan people experience freedom and new opportunities.
"Whatever happens in the days that follow that legacy will live on forever.
"At the heart of Scotty’s are the young people we support and we want to remind you all that we are thinking of you and here if you need us.
Like my family, you can be so proud of the Service your parent has given to their country.”
Currently, Afghans are scrambling to the airport in Kabul to flee the country and several of them have been killed in the process.
The US says all its embassy staff have been evacuated to the airport.
More than 60 countries have issued a joint statement calling on the Taliban to allow people to leave the country.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country, reportedly to Uzbekistan.
The Taliban swept into Kabul unopposed and have seized the presidential palace, in a move that has left the world in shock.