Bereaved children and young people supported by Scotty’s Little Soldiers have formed a virtual choir to help lift spirits during lockdown.

The charity, based on the North Lynn Industrial Estate, supports dozens of children up and down the country who have lost a parent serving in the British armed forces.

At this time of year, Scotty’s would usually be arranging respite breaks for the families dealing with loss.

Instead, it is finding new ways to support and interact with the children during the coronavirus pandemic, using the choir to help them maintain their special bond, bring them together and remind them they are not alone during difficult times.

Members voted unanimously to sing Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be There and recorded themselves singing in the safety of their homes.

The finished video has been uploaded to YouTube, helping to raise awareness of the charity, founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010.

Ms Scott said: “Watching the children come together in spirit, even when physically distant, really brings a tear to my eye. 

“It’s vital at this moment in time that we all remain closer as a family than ever before. 

“In times like these, we need to lean on each other and lift each other up, and I hope that this video does just that.” 

Scotty’s also provides its members access to the best health and wellbeing care, offers development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants, sends them birthday and Christmas presents and remembers the anniversary of their parent’s death.

Find out more and watch the video online at: www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk