Soldiering on: It's never too early to plan Christmas!
Last month, Kai, who is my oldest child, turned 17! Birthdays are a time when his dad, Lee, is really at the forefront of our minds.
I always wonder what Lee would have had planned for the children if he was here. I remember on Kai’s fifth birthday, just before Lee went on that fateful tour to Afghanistan, we took Kai to Disneyland, Paris.
We have such special memories of that birthday.
This year, Kai decided that he would like to head out for an afternoon of train spotting and then a trip to Smyths toy shop for some new WWE figures!
I’ve no idea where Kai’s love for trains and wrestling has come from, but it’s lovely to watch him get so excited about them both.
He hasn’t had the easiest of journeys in life and he finds it hard to show his emotions, so to see him so excited about something really pulls at my heartstrings. Kai has special needs and struggles daily with the things that we all take for granted, but I couldn’t be prouder of the young man he is becoming.
He’s polite, caring and the sweetest gentleman with a great dry sense of humour. He really is just the kindest lad. I know there will sadly be plenty more challenges ahead of him, but I am positive that Kai will tackle them head on and with the support of his family, friends and the Scotty’s community, I know he will be just fine.
As always, the team at Scotty’s have been working hard and, believe it or not, we are busy planning our Christmas party!
The Christmas party is a huge event for the children and young people supported by Scotty’s.
It’s an opportunity for them to come together and it helps them to realise they aren’t alone in their grief for their parent who served. We are working with an incredible event planning company called Sharky and George, that has organised some really high-profile events.
I went to an event they managed in 2017 at Buckingham Palace (how posh does that make me sound!?).
It was for bereaved Forces children and hosted by Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry.
We’ve worked with Sharky and George for a while now and they make every party so special. I can’t wait to get all the children together again in person this year.
Another thing I am really excited about is that Scotty’s has teamed up with Commando Joe’s.
Commando Joe’s delivers military inspired programmes led by veterans to improve the educational outcomes of children and young people.
The programmes are designed to help develop life skills, character traits, attributes and behaviours.
Commando Joe’s has kindly agreed to work with Scotty’s and has offered us a free subscription to their parents’ portal, meaning all our members can take part in top-secret missions at home, in the garden or in the park, so they can have fun whilst learning.
We are also discussing other ways we can work with Commando Joe’s in the future, which is great.
The weather has been a bit unpredictable so far this month, but if you want something to motive you to get out and about and keep fit, why not take on Scotty’s May Marathon Challenge?
You can find out more by going to www.maymarathon.com.