King’s Lynn-based children’s charity helps spread Christmas cheer

Scotty's Little Soldiers fundraiser in King's Lynn: Pictures: Scotty's team

Scotty's Little Soldiers fundraiser in King's Lynn: Pictures: Scotty's team - Credit: Archant

Fundraisers for the children's armed forces charity, Scotty's Little Soldiers took to the street of King's Lynn in search of some Christmas cheer.

The Lynn-based charity, which supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces, was founded by Nikki Scott whose husband, Corporal Lee Scott, died in Afghanistan,

About 10 festive fundraisers set up a collection stand in the Vancouver Quarter shopping centre on Thursday in a bid to raise much-needed funds for Scotty's members this Christmas.

Ms Scott said: 'It went very well. We raised just under £100. It was good to see people dipping into their pockets at Christmas. Every penny is greatly appreciated

'Christmas is always a particularly emotional time for our members, but we are one big family at Scotty's and we take it in our stride, making it a happy time.'

Every year, the charity organises a Christmas party, which gives all members the chance to come together and celebrate. They also provide all 268 members with gifts to bring smiles to their faces on Christmas morning.

Soap star Simon Gregson, aka Coronation Street's Steve McDonald, and Made in Chelsea's Ollie Proudlock attended this year's Christmas party, held at Condover Hall in Shrewsbury earlier this month.

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It was the fourth Christmas party held by the charity, and Mr Gregson said: 'I've had family who've served in the armed forces so I wanted to help. Scotty's has been a part of my life for five years and it's very inspiring. Here, the kids know they are not alone.'

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