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King’s Lynn Armed Forces charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers aims to double in size by 2030

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Lynn based charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers is preparing for the next stage of its growth as the organisation continues to support bereaved British Forces children and young people.

The charity has a target which will see it doubling in size by 2030 in order to meet the growing demand for its services.

Established in 2010 by Nikki Scott, after her husband Cpl Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan, Scotty’s now supports hundreds of bereaved Forces young people like Nikki’s own children Kai and Brooke.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers growth plans (53036730)
Scotty’s Little Soldiers growth plans (53036730)

It has become the leading charity for bereaved Armed Forces children and young people and now has 17 team members working from its HQ in North Lynn.

The charity has ambitious plans for the future, which will see it move to a new HQ in 2022, and the recruitment of a number of key new positions in the short term, including a management accountant, a data and it manager, content writer and a facebook fundraiser, plus the launch of a new internship programme early next year.

Nikki, speaking about the future plans, said: “There are still so many unsupported bereaved children and young people from Forces families out there who could benefit from our work. We really need to maintain the growth of Scotty’s if we are going to be able to help them in the years to come when needed.”

Scotty’s CEO Stuart Robinson added: “We set out to create the charity that we’d want to support ourselves and one which West Norfolk can be proud to call its own. Key to that is the team we’re developing.

"It can be challenging when recruiting as charities aren’t always considered as a career option by many, but we have a wide range of really interesting roles and we’re building a great environment and culture here.

"We’ve set ourselves the goal of being listed in the top 25 UK charities to work for by 2026. The office move will be a big part of that, creating a really collaborative and fun workspace.

"We have a couple of options open to us at the moment but finding the right space has been difficult. We are committed to growing the charity here in West Norfolk though so hopefully we can finalise something soon.”

Scotty’s has drawn on inspiration from other fast-growing organisations such as Gymshark, Airbnb, Deliveroo, and Patagonia.

Stuart continued: “The world has changed a great deal in recent years, but the charity sector can be viewed as still quite traditional. We’re trying to change that and adopt a more modern approach to charity.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers has also made use of recent trends in the use of technology to start providing direct bereavement support to young people across the UK and beyond via Microsoft Teams.

Nikki said: “One of the positives which has actually come from such a terrible time during Covid, is that everyone is now used to using this kind of video technology.

"That has meant that we are now able to provide really bespoke support to children who can be hundreds of miles away. We’ve even provided support to children from British Forces families now living in Australia.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about the charity’s growth plans and keeping up to date with new jobs, visit.

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