Grieving teenager attends filming of BGT: The Champions
Sergeant Major John Charlton passed away after serving 22 years in the Army, leaving behind his wife Cathy and son Scott, who was just six years old at the time. Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity for bereaved forces children, arranged for Scott, who is now 15, and his mum Cathy to go to the recording of Britain’s Got Talent: Champions which will be screened on ITV this Saturday (21st September).
When Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions airs on ITV this Saturday, it will bring back very special memories for 15-year-old Scott Charlton from Meopham in Kent – Scott and his mum Cathy Charlton were lucky enough to be at the recording of the show. The once in a lifetime opportunity was arranged by Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity that supports children who have lost a parent in the British Armed Forces.
Lance Corporal Richard Jones, the magician who previously served in the Army, won Britain’s Got Talent in 2016 and is a patron for Scotty’s Little Soldiers. Richard will be appearing on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions this Saturday and he helped to arrange tickets for Scott and Cathy to be in the audience at the filming of the show, which took place back in July.
“It meant the world,” says Scott, who particularly enjoyed seeing David Walliams, as he has read all of his books.
“We thoroughly enjoyed the evening together, laughing and smiling the whole time,” said Scott’s mum Cathy. “Seeing Richard Jones live was absolutely brilliant. We are so grateful to Scotty’s Little Soldiers and to Richard for this wonderful opportunity.”
“The recording coincided with the anniversary of John’s death. It really helped to have something to look forward to,” added Cathy who lost her husband to cancer in 2012. He was serving in the Territorial Army at the time.
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.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers provides its members with support and guidance throughout their childhood and offers a respite, however brief, from the daily ups and downs of coping with the loss of a parent. It does this through three programmes. ‘Smiles’ offers children the opportunity to smile and laugh again through a wide range of activities and gifts. The ‘Support’ programme aims to assist with the more emotional side of bereavement and includes access to professional counselling and a family support network. The ‘Strides’ programme helps with the charity’s members personal development and includes a range of activity and educational grants.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers founder, Nikki Scott, added: “We’re so happy that Scott and Cathy had such a good time when they went to the recording of Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions. Being able to give our members special experiences like this is a big part of what Scotty’s is all about.”