A short film, produced by North Lynn-based Scotty’s Little Soldiers, has gone viral reaching more than 500,000 people across the globe.
A Hero’s Legacy, tells the story of Corporal Lee Scott, a loyal soldier, dedicated husband and loving father, and how he has inspired a charity which has gone on to support hundreds of bereaved forces children and young people.
Since launching in May with a Facebook premiere, the film has reached audiences as far afield as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada, the USA and throughout Europe.
The Scotty’s team created the film to highlight the support the charity provides to children and young people who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the armed forces.
The film also shared the story of Corporal Scott who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
After seeing the devastating impact on their two young children, his wife, Nikki, set up Scotty’s to offer support to other bereaved military children.
The film has also prompted an outpouring of gratitude and support for the charity’s work.
Julie Matson, who is mum to Scotty’s member Amelia, whose father, Flight Sergeant Robert Matson, died in 2018 when Amelia was 14 years-old, said: “Amelia and myself sat and cried together.
“It was sad, touching and beautiful all rolled into one. We cannot thank you enough for what you do for us all.”
The charity, based at Bergen Way, helps youngsters in many ways including guidance to parents and carers, access to professional child bereavement support, personal education and learning assistance (including grants) and fun activities such as holiday respite breaks and group events.
Charity founder Nikki Scott said: “I’m completely blown away by the response to A Hero’s Legacy, it’s been incredible to hear the feedback and to know that it has reached so many people all over the world.
“Lee would be so chuffed to know his story has had such a huge impact.”
Last year, Scotty’s launched Overwatch to provide supporters with a chance to watch over the children of fallen heroes and help ensure they have a brighter future.
The initiative encourages supporters to pledge a monthly donation.
You can watch A Hero’s Legacy online at www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/news/a-heros-legacy and find out more about the charity.