Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity dedicated to supporting children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces, has marked its annual awareness day with the support of a host of celebrities including Mutiny’s Ant Middleton and Britain’s Got Talent star Lance Corporal Richard Jones.
Scotty’s Day, is an emotional one for the charity as it marks the death of founder Nikki Scott’s husband and the father of her children, Corporal Lee Scott, who was killed in Afghanistan on 10th July 2009. The day is a way to remember Lee and to raise awareness and vital funds for the charity’s mission; to help bereaved Armed Forces children to smile again.
This year, Scotty’s members, fundraisers and celebrities alike supported the charity by purchasing £1 transferable tattoos and sharing selfies on social media encouraging people to donate. Ant Middleton and LCpl Richard Jones pledged their support to Scotty’s Day on Twitter.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers currently support 312 bereaved British Forces children; however it is estimated that there are still hundreds of young people who are not benefiting from the work the charity carries out. Scotty’s is hoping to reach out to those who need its help. To support its members, the charity must work tirelessly to raise funding for its support programmes.
Nikki Scott, Founder of Scotty’s Little Soldiers said:
“Our aim is for Scotty’s Day to get bigger and better each year, and for more children and families to learn about us and the work we do."
"We believe there are more young people out there who don’t know that Scotty’s is here to support them and that’s why Scotty’s Day continues to be so important. Having people like Ant and Richard waving the banner is a great help and we’re thankful to people of influence for using their reach to promote our message and to the dedicated fundraisers who are raising money each month for Scotty’s.”
You too can get involved in Scotty’s Day and here’s how:
- Set yourself a challenge today: Why not tell 3 friends who know nothing about Scotty’s Little Soldiers all about the charity?
- Download the #ScottysDay selfie message, print it, take a selfie and share with your friends.
- Share / RT our #ScottysDay social media posts.
You can also donate easily by texting SDAY17 £1 to 70070 (you can replace the £1 with £2, £5 or £10 if you wish). Follow the campaign on social media via the #ScottysDay hashtag and the Scotty’s Little Soldiers Twitter channel @CorporalScotty.
Cover photo: Scotty's Little Soldiers