Newcastle’s little soldiers take on Junior & Mini Great North Run
Two members of bereaved Armed Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, will take on the Junior Great North Run to raise funds for the charity that has supported them when they needed it the most.
Lily Harris (10) from Kenton, Newcastle and Emily Dunn (14) also from Newcastle will both run 4km in honour of their fathers, raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a national charity which supports children across the UK who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces. The charity was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, following his death in Afghanistan in 2009.
Ten-year-old Lily Harris lost her dad, Cpl Paul Harris, on 31st May 2011. Paul was serving in the Royal Engineers at the time and Lily was just one and a half years old.
After discovering Scotty’s Little Soldiers in 2017 and having seen mum, Sarah, raise money for the charity, this year Lily was determined that she would run in honour of her dad and help to fundraise for the charity at the same time.
Lily has enjoyed attending Scotty’s Little Soldiers’ annual Christmas parties and has benefitted from the Scotty’s Breaks, heading to Centre Parcs this year with people close to her for a holiday.
Regarding the Junior Great North Run, Lily said: “I first learned about the Junior and Mini Great North Run last year – straight away I knew that I wanted to do it the following year for Scotty’s. The charity means a lot to me and, after seeing my mum raise funds for the charity in last year’s Great North Run, I also wanted to do a run myself. I’m looking forward to the day and to running in memory of my dad.”
14-year-old Emily Dunn lost her dad, Cpl Steven Dunn, when he was killed in Afghanistan on the 21st December 2010, whilst serving with the Royal Corps of Signals. Emily has been a member of Scotty’s Little Soldiers since 2015 and is excited to raise money in the Junior and Mini Great North Run. Emily has excelled at long-distance running in school so is relishing the challenge of the 4km and the opportunity to run in memory of her dad.
Like Lily, the Scotty’s Breaks have been hugely beneficial for Emily, allowing her to have a holiday with her family. In addition, the Christmas parties are an event which she, like many other members, cannot wait for each year.
On the Junior and Mini Great North Run this Saturday, Emily said: “Scotty’s Little Soldiers has been there for me, so I really wanted to fundraise for the charity. The Junior and Mini Great North Run will be a special day for me and my family as I run in my dad’s honour.”
Scotty’s Little Soldiers founder, Nikki Scott, added: “We’re so grateful to Lily and Emily for taking part in this year’s run and raising money for Scotty’s. The fact that they are both honouring their dads is very special and we’re sure Cpl Paul Harris and Cpl Steven Dunn would be enormously proud of their girls. Good luck to them both on behalf of everyone at the charity.”
You can show your support for the girls via the below Just Giving links.
Lily Harris Just Giving – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-vickers10, Emily Dunn Just Giving – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emily-dunn3