Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity that supports children of the fallen, has opened its fifth holiday home, at Combe Haven Holiday Park, Sussex. Providing even more families with the chance to take a much-needed break following the loss of a loved one.
Army Widow, Nikki Scott created Scotty’s Little Soldiers following the death of her husband Corporal Lee Scott whose vehicle was hit by an IED whilst serving in Afghanistan. They had two young children, Kai and Brooke. Nine months after Lee’s death, Nikki went on holiday and saw Kai laugh for the first time. It was at this point Nikki decided to help other children have fun by creating Scotty’s and providing holidays for children and their families.
Nikki said: “The opening of our first ever lodge in Great Yarmouth was an extremely emotional day for me as I watched my dreams turn into a reality. Since then, we have gone from strength to strength and to now think that we have opened a fifth lodge is unbelievable.”
Each lodge is filled with home comforts, and the charity ensures that the families have everything they could need, from bedding to high chairs and toys and games. Scotty’s also cover travel expenses and provide each family with £100 every time they stay to help towards both food and activities.
CEO of Scotty’s Stuart Robinson said: ‘our aim is to make it simple for the 200+ children we support from all over the UK to take a break from the strains of losing a parent. We are thrilled to open in a holiday home at Combe Haven Holiday Park and I would like to say thank you to the team at Haven who have been so helpful and supportive. It’s important to remember that the lodges aren’t just about giving families a holiday- it’s about giving families, who have almost been torn apart, the chance to create new memories they can treasure forever.’
Currently Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports over 200 children of the fallen and has been able to purchase five amazing holiday homes in the UK, in Great Yarmouth, Blackpool, Devon, Northumberland and Sussex. The Scotty members can use the lodges whenever things get too much and they are in need of some time away from all the struggles of living life without a loved one. Children also receive letters, cards, birthday presents, Christmas gifts, tickets, gift vouchers at tough times of the year, help towards clubs and activities and holiday breaks.