The hard work of military charities and groups has been acknowledged by Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony held in Windsor. One of the charities to receive recognition was Little Troopers which supports children in the forces environment and eases separation periods with events, initiatives and resources. Founder Louise Fetigan shares her experience.
“It was phenomenal, I felt really privileged to be there and have a chat with her and tell her all about Little Troopers, the work and how many British armed forces children there are needing our support.”
“She was meeting lots of people involved with the military. It was a small intimate group and it was really lovely to have Little Troopers represented there.
“I was talking about the fact that my husband is currently deployed in Afghanistan and she was really interested about that there are still thousands of children still experiencing separation from a military parent when deployed."
Her Majesty The Queen has also faced this challenge with Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex serving in the military.
"The military really is something personal to her and that was something very evident from the visit."
Not only was meeting the Queen a highlight from Louise’s day, her husband also surprised her by coming home on rest and recuperation from Afghanistan.
“With deployment and separation I’ve seen first-hand how hard it can be for children, so we really hope that Little Troopers can help.”
Still reeling in excitement from meeting the Queen, Louise is now looking forward to her next fundraising event – the biannual Little Troopers Snowdon Climb taking place on Sunday 6th May.
“When I first started the charity it began with a trek of Snowdon when my daughter was seven back in 2011. Seven years on we’re replicating the trek to bring everybody together."
With over 75 people already signed up it’s open for adults, children, military and civilian, anyone who would like to support the charity.
All the money raised will go directly to the charity to ensure that its initiatives, resources such as the Little Troopers Treasures app and separation packs can continue.
“I get so emotional seeing loads of people getting involved. So many children are out there raising money and the fact that they want to be involved just means so much.”