Bereaved Armed Forces Children come together in virtual choir to help raise spirits during lockdown

Scotty’s virtual choir helps raise spirits during lockdown

Bereaved British Forces children up and down the country have come together in a virtual choir to help lift spirits during lockdown.

The children taking part have all lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces and are currently supported by national bereaved Armed Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Usually, at this time of year, the charity would be arranging respite breaks for the families, but sadly this isn’t possible at present. In recent weeks the charity has had to adapt the way in which it engages with its members, who at such a young age have already gone through so much. The choir is just one way they are working to support the children – helping them maintain their special bond, bringing them together as a community and reassuring them that even in this difficult time they are not alone.

To form the choir, Scotty’s Little Soldiers asked its members which song they wanted to sing, and after a unanimous decision, the chosen song was Jess Glynne’s I’ll Be There, displaying a show of the utmost solidarity.

And for one Scotty’s mum, whose son features in the video, this Jess Glynne song holds an extra special place in her heart. She saw Jess Glynne at the Party at the Palace in 2017 and it was during her performance of I’ll be there that she first heard about Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

The charity was founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott was killed in Afghanistan the previous year, leaving behind two young children. The charity does lots of things to support its members, 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.

Nikki said: “Watching the children come together in spirit, even when physically distant, really brings a tear to my eye. It’s vital at this moment in time that we all remain closer as a family than ever before. In times like these, we need to lean on each other and lift each other up, and I hope that this video does just that.”

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