A West Norfolk charity is hoping people will keep their hats on next Friday to help bereaved youngsters.

North Lynn-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which supports bereaved British armed forces children, is asking people to wear their favourite bobble hat to raise money to support its vital work.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers’ Bobble Hat Day hopes to show children who are missing their loved ones this Christmas that they are remembered by asking people for a £3 donation. 

The charity was founded by Nikki Scott in 2010 in memory of her husband, father-of-two Corporal Lee Scott, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. 

Scotty’s Little Soldiers provides a network of support to children and young people who have lost a parent while serving in the forces. 

This year so far, the charity has supported 400 bereaved forces children across the UK.

Ms Scott said: “Christmas time is one of the hardest periods in the year for bereaved forces children.  

Nikki Scott with daughter Brooke modelling Scotty’s Little Soldiers bobble hats.

“While most kids look forward to spending the festive period with their family, ours aren’t that lucky – their hero is missing from their family.

“The aim of Bobble Hat Day is to remind the children that the Scotty’s family is here for them. 

“By wearing a bobble hat and texting BOBBLEHATDAY to 70085 you can donate £3 which will go a long way in helping us continue to provide our members with the support they need. 

“So, get your family, friends and colleagues together, wear your favourite bobble hats, take a selfie and let’s help those children smile again.”

You can also donate online at http://scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/bobblehatday/

The charity also hopes people will share their bobble hat photographs on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #BobbleHatDay.

Special Scotty’s Little Soldiers bobble hats and other fundraising merchandise can be purchased online at www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/webshop 

To find out more about Scotty’s Little Soldiers, go to www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk