The Scotty’s team working online with Nikki Scott, top right.

Armed forces charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers is continuing to support bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak.

The charity, based on the North Lynn Industrial Estate, has had to get creative, turning to technology so it can carry on its work with families up and down the country.

At this time of year, Scotty’s children can usually look forward to respite breaks and other special events but, with everything on hold, the team is finding new ways to lift spirits.

Founder Nikki Scott said: “It’s really important that our members know we are still here for them. These are scary times for everyone and we hate the thought of our members feeling alone. We are arranging virtual events and organising fun activities to keep the children entertained. 

“More than ever we want them to feel part of the Scotty’s family. We are also very busy providing much needed wellbeing support.”

The way the charity fundraises has also needed to adapt to life under the COVID-19 lockdown imposed by government rules.

With fundraising events cancelled, the charity has created a virtual fundraising platform where supporters can go to sign up for a number of virtual challenges. 

There are also fun virtual events people can join and supporters are being urged to come up with their own ideas.

Ms Scott added: “We’ve been really impressed with some of the ideas people have come up with to continue to raise funds for Scotty’s.

“We know that it’s a difficult time with lots of financial strain, so if people can’t raise funds right now, we still urge them to take a look at the fundraising platform, even if it’s just to take part for a bit of fun and help raise awareness of Scotty’s.”

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