In the wake of the crisis in Afghanistan, a King’s Lynn-based charity, which helps bereaved forces children, has recorded two videos to help families.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers, founded by Nikki Scott after her husband Corporal Lee Scott died in Afghanistan in 2009, said it was difficult for children who have experienced the death of a parent in Afghanistan to understand the current developments.
The North Lynn charity has recorded a video to help parents talk to their children about the developments and a video for children who have lost a parent in Afghanistan.
Corporal Scott was aged 26 and left behind children Kai, aged five and seven-month-old Brooke, when he died.
In her recording to parents, Ms Scott said she was concerned about how her children and other youngsters might be affected by the new situation and the media reports.
Talking to the charity’s childhood bereavement practitioner, Lorna Vyse, Ms Scott said it felt like she had gone back to when Corporal Scott was killed.
And in the video to children, Ms Scott and Ms Vyse remind youngsters the charity is there for them.
They explain the service men and women who died and those who served in Afghanistan had helped many Afghans experience freedom and that they should feel proud.
“I am incredibly proud of the work that my husband Lee and all your parents and all who served in Afghanistan did and they will be proud of what they achieved.
“They made a difference and that will be remembered regardless of what is happening right now,” Ms Scott says.
Find out more about the charity at www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk
Scotty’s has thanked its supporters for “really stepping up” during the pandemic.
Lockdowns created problems for all charities, with many fundraising events cancelled and income streams cut off.
Ms Scott said that lockdown had highlighted a lot of challenges faced by members as a consequence of their parent’s death, and said feelings of fear, isolation and loneliness were exacerbated.
She said the charity was needed more than ever and staff adapted.
“We are hugely grateful because our supporters really stepped up.
“They could see the work we were doing and understood our beneficiaries’ needs and we were awarded some incredibly generous grants which have made a massive difference to us as a charity. We also were blown away by support from individual fundraisers and businesses coming up with different ways to raise funds for us. It’s been phenomenal,” said Ms Scott.