Lynn charity’s day to celebrate fallen heroes
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A west Norfolk charity which helps the children of fallen servicemen has held its inaugural charity day yesterday.
Scotty's Day was celebrated for the first time yesterday to raise funds for King's Lynn charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.
Schools and other organisations have been raising money for Scotty's by selling cakes and wearing temporary tattoos to show their support for the charity.
The date was particularly poignant for the charity's founder Nikki Scott as it is the day that her husband Cpl Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan four years ago.
Ms Scott said: 'I love the idea of Scotty's Day. I had some reservations about the date at first as it is probably the hardest day of the year for me personally but I can not think of anything better than to look out my window that morning and see children going to school in non uniform wearing their little cute Scotty tattoos to honour our fallen heroes like Lee.
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'My children love the temporary fun tattoos you get so I know they will definitely be wearing a Scotty one.'
Twenty-two schools across the UK have held events for Scotty's Day including cake sales and non-uniform days and there has even been a group of servicemen in the Falkland Islands who have got involved.
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Springwood High School's Holkham House raised money for the charity by baking cakes and wearing the Scotty's tattoos.
Alison Penny, Holkham support officer, said: 'Scotty's Little Soldiers is Holkham House's chosen charity this year. We've had a cake sale with caked made by Holkham students from all across the age range from Year 7 to Year 11. The children have been allowed to wear their Scotty's tattoos and it's been great to do something for such a good charity.'
Next week some of the pupils will also be taking part in a PE assault course.
Scotty's event coordinator Debbie Dack, who went to school with Ms Scott, said: 'We decided we'd like to do something like red-nose day for Comic Relief where people can wear something to show their support.
'We had 22 schools across the country take part and we wanted to raise as much as possible. However it is really about spreading awareness of Scotty's and hopefully next year it will be a bit bigger.
'It has definitely been great to have support from all over the country.
'July 10 was the day Lee was killed so it is a tough time for Nikki and her family but it will make her really proud to lookout of the window and see the children dressed up. It is trying to make something positive out of something negative.'
The charity was formed in 2010 and gives birthday and Christmas gifts to the children of fallen soldiers.
To donate to visit http://www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/donate.html