Charity founder Nikki Scott pictured last July with children Brooke and Kai. Picture: Ian Burt

North Lynn-based charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, has been awarded £10,000 towards its work supporting bereaved armed forces children.

 The Bergen Way charity helps hundreds of youngsters up to the age of 25 who have lost a parent who served with the armed forces.

The grant from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, will go towards Scotty’s four family programmes which offer help with emotional health and wellbeing and development opportunities.

Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith, chief of staff at the Soldiers’ Charity, said: “We are delighted to continue to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers with the work that it does. 

“It is really important that we continue to look after children and young people who have experienced the death of a mum or dad who served in the British Army. 

“Scotty’s family programmes provide the whole package, from emotional wellbeing support, to education and having fun, they provide a lifeline for those who need it.”

Scotty’s founder Nikki Scott, said: “The grant we’ve received from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is absolutely phenomenal. We support bereaved forces children from all services and we are so grateful for this additional help for our army families.

“Our family programmes provide our members with support and guidance throughout their childhood and early adult lives, and offer a respite, however brief, from the daily ups and downs of coping with the death of a parent. Without the continued support we receive, so many bereaved armed forces children and young people would go without the support and wellbeing they need and deserve. 

“The whole team at Scotty’s would like to say a big thanks to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for their incredibly generous grant.”

Each of Scotty’s family programmes has a specific purpose. The Smile programme is all about fun and engagement and includes activities, gifts and group events. 

The Support programme looks after emotional health and wellbeing and includes information and guidance on childhood bereavement for parents and carers, and professional bereavement support for children and young people.

Strides focuses on the education and development needs of the youngsters, promoting a positive attitude to learning and providing opportunities to develop life skills.  It also includes a range of small educational grants.

And Springboard provides support to those aged 18 to 25 with opportunities to develop their education and learning, build a career and enhance life skills.

July 10 marked the 12th anniversary of the death of Corporal Lee Scott who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009. He was the husband of Ms Scott, who founded the charity in 2010 to help children after seeing the impact his death had on their family.