Fallen hero’s daughter takes on Spartan Junior Race for Scotty’s
Meredith Cluff from Burrelton in Perthshire is set to take on a muddy challenge to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a bereaved children’s Armed Forces charity, which, over the last three years, has provided her with much needed support following the death of her dad.
Meredith lost her dad, S.Sgt. Pete Cluff in 2016. She was five-years-old when her dad suddenly died of heart failure while on a training exercise, he was just weeks away from serving his country in the Royal Engineers for 22 years.
Now eight-years-old, Meredith is keen to follow in her dad’s sporty footsteps and is taking on the Spartan Junior obstacle race in Perth on Saturday (14th September) in memory of her dad and to raise money for the charity that has helped her smile again.
Excited about the race, Meredith said: “I love getting muddy so I can’t wait for it. My daddy did a lot of cross country running and, like him, I love sports, so I know he would be proud of what I’m doing and that I’m raising money for Scotty’s.”
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 who served 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.
Meredith and her sister Heather (11) have been supported by Scotty’s since 2016 and have become part of the Scotty’s family, attending the charity’s annual Christmas parties and events which have given them the opportunity to meet other children in a similar situation.
Meredith added: “Scotty’s has made such a big difference to our lives that I really want to help. Through Scotty’s I’ve made lots of new friends which I can talk to and who understand my pain. They have made me much more confident. When you spend time with other Scotty’s members you don’t have to explain to them where your daddy is, they just know.”
Mum, Kirsty Cluff, will be cheering from the side-lines as well as volunteering on the Scotty’s stand, she said: “I can’t put into words how low my girls would be without Scotty’s, they really do make a huge difference. They never forget the anniversaries, birthdays and tough days but they also create amazing opportunities for them. They create real bonds between the children and bring them together to have fun and create new happy memories.”
Scotty’s founder, Nikki Scott said: “It means a lot to me when members take part in raising money for us. Meredith is an inspiration, she has so much enthusiasm and energy to help and I have no doubt that she will put all of her efforts in to making sure she makes it across every single obstacle.”
Spartan Junior Scotland takes places in Perth on Saturday 14th September alongside the main adult race. The race is designed for children aged four to 13 years old.
To show your support for the young mud runner please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/meredithcluff