Watford parents raise money for Scotty’s
Watford parents Sue and Martyn Sawyer lost their son, Captain Tom Sawyer, in January 2009 and to mark the tenth anniversary of his death, have dedicated their time to raising money for military charities they know their son would have been proud to support.
Chosen by Tom’s six-year-old nephew Kaidan, one of the charities benefiting from the Sawyer family’s efforts is Bereaved Armed Forces charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers. Set up in 2010 by war widow Nikki Scott, 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.
From a challenging trek up Ben Nevis to a winning Race Night event, the family have so far generated a staggering £3,232 in donations which will be split equally between Scotty’s Little Soldiers and Hounds for Heroes, a charity that provides Service Dogs for military and public service personnel who have been injured in the line of duty.
Commenting on their fundraising efforts, Sue said: “We can’t thank enough the friends, family, work colleagues and complete strangers who have been so amazing in helping us raise money for two incredible charities. Tom really took care of his lads when he was in the army, so for us we wanted to support charities that we knew he’d be proud to help.
“It was my grandson Kaidan that decided on raising money for Scotty’s, it’s such a fantastic charity that ensures military families and children are not forgotten. Losing a parent or child in the military is incredibly difficult, you may not have seen them for six months at a time and then one day they just never come back. It has a huge impact on everyone, especially the children, which is why support from charities such as Scotty’s is so important.”
Scotty’s founder Nikki Scott witnessed first-hand the impact losing a parent had on her young children. It was following the death of her husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, in July 2009 that she set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers. Now almost 10 years on the charity currently supports 395 bereaved Forces children across the UK, offering integral support when they need it the most.
Nikki said: “I lost Lee in the same year as Tom and it’s hard to believe he’s been gone for 10 years. I’m sure it feels the same for Sue and Martyn. I can’t thank them and their family and friends enough for the money they have raised so far. They’ve really pushed themselves to their limits with climbing Ben Nevis and deciding to raise money for Scotty’s in their son’s honour is a real privilege.”
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