Ben braves scorching temperatures to raise money for Scotty’s
Benjamin Churchill completes the Abu Dhabi Half Marathon and the Abu Dhabi 10K to raise money and give bereaved British Forces children a reason to smile this Christmas.
Former Combat Medic and father of two, Benjamin Churchill, battled the blazing Abu Dhabi sun as he completed the Abu Dhabi 10K and Abu Dhabi Half Marathon last month to raise money for national children’s Armed Forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
After running a combined total of 31K, Benjamin has raised £150 for the charity, with the aim to raise more online by sharing his fundraising efforts on social media.
The York-based fundraiser who served in Afghanistan and Iraq during his time as a Combat Medic, witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of war and the impact losing a loved one or parent has on those at home.
He said: “While serving in Afghanistan and Iraq I saw the devastation of war, not only on the battlefield, but for the families back home. Having heard about the work of Scotty’s Little Soldiers I couldn’t help but raise money for them. I think the work the charity does is incredible, to have a charity that focuses on supporting the children of those lost is just amazing and very commendable.
“To raise money, I really wanted to challenge myself and completing the Abu Dhabi 10K and the Abu Dhabi Half Marathon did just that. I felt my fitness had really slacked and thought it would be a great objective for me to aim for whilst raising money for a great charity. I trained for a few months which was tough, especially on the day of the 10K with the Abu Dhabi heat, but I feel a lot fitter and have also achieved a great result for Scotty’s with both events completed. My highlight was definitely crossing the Half Marathon finish line after battling the scorching heat!”
Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers has supported over 400 bereaved British military children and young people across the country this year alone. The charity was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, after he was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
The charity supports families in a number of ways, including providing access to the very best health and wellbeing care, offering outstanding development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants, and Scotty’s helps put smiles back on those brave faces by providing respite breaks, posting them birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death, as well as arranging events where bereaved Forces children from all over the country come together to have a great time and form friendships with kids in the same situation.
Nikki commented; “We’re extremely grateful to Benjamin for choosing Scotty’s as the charity to support. We are truly thankful for the money that they have raised for us. Every donation takes us one step closer to achieving our goal of reaching every bereaved Armed Forces child in the UK.”
To donate to Benjamin’s fundraising, visit his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bensabudhabimarathon