August 1 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A west Norfolk charity that supports children of the fallen are celebrating after winning a prestigious charity award.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which was founded in 2010 by army widow Nikki Scott, scooped the ‘Military Charity of the Year’ award following a record breaking year.
Mrs Scott was presented the gong by the Wisbech Mayor and Mayoress Michael and Jane Hill for Scotty’s, which has helped many families by raising nearly half a million pounds and opening a third holiday lodge.
Mrs Scott said: “I am so overwhelmed that Scotty’s Little Soldiers won the military charity of the year award.
“To know that the award was voted for by the general public means so much to us all.
“I also hope that the award will help us raise more awareness for the charity so we can reach even more families to support. A massive thank you to everyone who voted for Scotty’s.”
Mrs Scott, mum to Kai, nine and Brooke, five, lost her husband Cpl Lee Scott, 26, when he was killed by a roadside bomb whilst serving Tank Regiment, in Afghanistan, in 2009.
Kai was five and Brooke was only seven-months-old when they lost their father.
With the help of close family and friends, Mrs Scott set up the charity and money was raised through events, fundraising, donations, merchandise and corporate sponsorship.
Children who have lost their parents in the armed forces then receive letters, cards, birthday presents, Christmas gifts, tickets, gift vouchers and help towards clubs and activities and holiday breaks.
Four years on and Scotty’s Little Soldiers currently supports over 100 children and has been able to purchase three holiday homes - one in Great Yarmouth, Blackpool and Exmouth.
Stuart Robinson, Chief Executive of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded the Charity Awards Military Charity of the Year. It’s a great honour to have been nominated for the award with so many great charities supporting our forces personnel and their families and to have been voted the winners by the general public means so much to us.”
Lee Rayment, chairman of the Charity Today group, said: “We are delighted that Scotty’s has been recognised by the public as providing vital support and care for those in need.
“The work that the charity conducts across the UK has a massive positive impact on the children of the fallen and their families and we are pleased to recognise them as our Military Charity of the Year with this award.”