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By DAVID BLACKMORE
Monday, December 3, 2012
The founder of a charity which helps the children of fallen servicemen and women has been nominated for a national award.
Nikki Scott, 30, has been nominated for a Sun Military Award which celebrates those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to boost morale for regiments and war widows.
It is more than three years since Mrs Scott’s husband Cpl Lee Scott was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. And the loss does not get any easier for her or their children Kai, eight, and Brooke, nearly four.
Even so, Mrs Scott has been determined to make life easier for other military widows and their children.
To honour the memory of Lee, from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, Mrs Scott single-handedly set up the charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers to support wives who have lost husbands, and children who have lost dads in conflict.
Since its inception in 2010, she and her supporters have raised more than £400,000.
In July they opened a £105,000 three-bedroom lodge in Great Yarmouth for war widows and their children to enjoy free holidays and a brief respite from the job of raising families alone.
The charity also arranges for the children to get a small gift at Christmas and a larger gift, like a bike or a games console, on their birthday, chocolate eggs at Easter and maybe a family meal voucher around the anniversary of their father’s death.
They are also distributing donated tickets for theme parks and sports events.
For more on this story see tomorrow’s EDP