942. Nikki Scott
Nikki Scott, from King’s Lynn, is the founder of ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’, the UK’s leading charity for bereaved British Forces children.
Nikki set up the charity after her husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, died in Afghanistan in 2009. The charity reaches more than 360 children of Army, Navy and RAF personnel with its ‘smiles’, ‘support’ and ‘strides’ programmes, providing fun activities, counselling and personal development grants.
Nikki has grown the charity and has created an annual ‘Scotty’s Day’ on 10th July, the anniversary of Lee’s death, to raise awareness and funds. TRH Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose the charity as one of the causes people could donate towards to mark their wedding.
Nikki’s award from the Prime Minister coincides with Armed Forces Day, which took place on Saturday 30 June.
In a personal letter to Nikki, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“The positive impact ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’ is having on the lives of bereaved British Forces children is a wonderful tribute to the memory of your husband Corporal Lee Scott. The support you are providing is giving families a lift when they need it most, helping children who have lost a parent to smile again.”
Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, said:
“I am overjoyed and delighted that Nikki Scott is being recognised by the Prime Minister in this way.
“Nikki Scott is a truly remarkable person who really has transformed the lives of hundreds of young children of Service Personnel. For quite a long time she has been a heroine in West Norfolk, but she is now admired across the whole country.
“She is a huge credit to King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, and I am sure this marvellous recognition will help ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’ go from strength to strength.”
“Winning this award came as a huge surprise and I’m so incredibly honoured to have been chosen.
“I set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers in 2010 after I lost my husband Lee in Afghanistan. Since then the charity has continued to grow, and we now support over 300 bereaved Forces children across the UK.
“After I lost Lee, I saw first-hand how it impacted my two young children. There was no support for them, so I set up Scotty’s initially to help children who had lost a parent in the British Armed Forces smile again. I soon realised there was much more which needed to be done for these children, who at such a young age had experienced so much. Scotty’s now provides members and families an integral support network where they can meet and talk with other families going through the same thing.
“I’m extremely passionate about what I do and the children we help, and I hope that being recognised for this award will help reach other bereaved Forces children who may not be aware that Scotty’s is there for them.”
Watch Nikki’s response to receiving a Points of Light award:
Today on #ArmedForcesDay PM @Theresa_May has recognised Nikki Scott, founder of Scotty's Little Soldiers @CorporalScotty with a #PointsofLight award for her work supporting bereaved forces children. pic.twitter.com/qSSujGOwuK
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) June 30, 2018
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