Wibblers Brewery names Scotty’s Little Soldiers Charity of the Year
Throughout 2020, Southminster-based Wibblers Brewery will support national children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, through various fundraising activities in order to help the children of fallen heroes smile again.
Wibblers Brewery will rebrand one of its most popular core products, Dengie Gold, with the Scotty’s logo, colours and name. This will then be sold to buyers and customers and £5 per casket will be donated to the charity. It will also have charity pots at all the events it hosts throughout the year, including beer festivals, weddings and on the bar in its Taproom & Kitchen.
Brewery owner, Abby Wilcox, saw Scotty’s Little Soldiers founder, Nikki Scott, being interviewed on BBC One on Remembrance Sunday. This was the first time she had heard about the incredible work the charity does.
Abby said: “When I saw Nikki on TV, I immediately thought that Scotty’s Little Soldiers and the work it does was amazing. I spoke to my husband and decided I wanted to make it our Charity of the Year. We have many ex-military customers and I have a seven-year old child, so seeing Nikki talk about the children really pulled on my heart strings at the right time and it felt relevant to me.
“I’m really excited to be fundraising for Scotty’s. When we sell our core product, Dengie Gold, branded up as Scotty’s, we can see on our tracking system how much we will have raised for Scotty’s which is exciting. We are trying to have fun with it too; we want our pub to be a friendly, family environment so we have a ‘swear jar’ on the bar and when somebody swears, it’s one pound in the jar. For last year’s Charity of the Year, that alone raised around £210.”
Wibblers Brewery spread the word of its fundraising through its Facebook pages; Wibblers Brewery, Wibblers Brewery – Taproom & Kitchen and its Facebook group, Wibblers Brewery, that reaches the local community. Abby and the team also create flyers that are distributed to around 150 local pubs.
Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers supported 410 bereaved British military children and young people across the country in 2019 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 really grateful that Abby has chosen Scotty’s Little Soldiers to be Wibblers Brewery’s Charity of the Year and that she responded so positively when finding out about our work and the support we provide to bereaved military children and young people. It sounds like the brewery will be doing some really fun fundraising activity and to have a beer dedicated to us is pretty cool!”