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Bubbly star hosts online quiz for Scotty’s Little Soldiers

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Lynn-based national bereaved children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, organised a virtual quiz to bring its members together and put smiles on their faces at this difficult time.

British television personality and presenter Alison Hammond, who became prominent through Big Brother in 2002, hosted the quiz. She is also well-known for presenting on ITV’s ‘This Morning’.

A total of 83 children took part in quiz via Zoom as Mrs Hammond read out questions while also making jokes to put the youngsters at ease.

Alison Hammond Picture: BBC - Photographer: Ray Burmiston
Alison Hammond Picture: BBC - Photographer: Ray Burmiston

Immediately after the quiz, a mother of one of the Scotty’s Little Soldiers members, said: “Thank you so much for the virtual quiz, you’ve made my day. It’s the most I’ve seen Lucy laugh and smile this whole lockdown.

“As soon as Alison came on Lucy’s whole demeanour changed. Proper family time and proper family fun. Honestly, I can’t thank you all enough. Your Scotty magic has worked again.”

A spokeswoman for the armed forces bereaved charity said: “Each of these children have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces and therefore already face a number of challenges as a consequence of losing a parent.

Scotty's Little Soldiers logo
Scotty's Little Soldiers logo

“The current situation caused by coronavirus is particularly challenging for them and many are struggling with anxiety and other issues, but this special quiz organised by Scotty’s Little Soldiers was the perfect way to remind the children they aren’t alone, they are part of a community and despite being in lockdown, they can still have a great time.”

Commenting on the quiz, Scotty’s Little Soldiers founder, Nikki Scott said: “We’ve all been buzzing since the quiz. A lot of the children are really struggling at the moment, so to see them all laughing and smiling was just incredible.

“Alison was such an amazing host. She’s such great fun, so bubbly and really lovely, so she instantly put the children at ease and they all had a fantastic time.

“We can’t thank Alison enough for taking the time to lend her support to Scotty’s Little Soldiers.”

In recent weeks, the charity has had to adapt and has been using modern technology and virtual events to engage with its members.

Usually, at this time of year, Scotty’s would be arranging for the families, all grieving for a loved one, to go on respite breaks but these things are not possible at present.

Founded in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set up by war widow Nikki Scott after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in Afghanistan the previous year, leaving behind two young children. The charity currently supports almost 400 young people.

As part of the quiz, the children were able to dance along to the sounds of Abba and YMCA with one parent commenting that her “too cool for school” teens were “sashaying round the living room”.

Alison Hammond has appeared on a whole host of well-known television shows including ‘I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’ in 2010 and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in 2014.

She has also appeared on ‘Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes’, performing as Nina Simone, as well as ‘Celebrity Ready Steady Cook’, and as a panellist on ITV’s ‘Loose Women’.

Throughout May, Scotty’s Little Soliders has been running a May Marathon challenge to raise much-needed funds for the charity.

Nikki Scott, founder of Scotty's Little Soldiers, is running 26.2 miles during May as part of the charity's May Marathon challenge. Picture: SUBMITTED
Nikki Scott, founder of Scotty's Little Soldiers, is running 26.2 miles during May as part of the charity's May Marathon challenge. Picture: SUBMITTED

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “With income currently low for all charities due to fundraising events being cancelled and uncertain times for all, many of the children that benefit from Scotty’s Little Soldiers are fundraising to ensure the support from the charity that means so much to them can continue.

“Twelve families have signed up for May Marathon, meaning they can complete 26.2 miles any way they wish throughout the month. So far, the families’ combined efforts have raised almost £7,000.”

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