RAF WIDOW SCALES THE HEIGHT OF MOUNT SNOWDON TO RAISE FUNDS
On May 4th, the mother of two plans to tackle the 1,085m climb to the top of Mount Snowdown in the safety of her own home to raise much needed funds for national bereaved Forces children’s charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity which is very close to her heart.
Determined to rise to the challenge and in honour of ‘Star Wars Day’, Caroline plans to complete the challenge dressed as R2-D2 to encourage as many people as possible to donate and help raise money.
All money raised will go to Scotty’s Little Soldiers to help support bereaved Forces children across the country when they need it the most, especially in these unprecedented times.
Caroline, who volunteers for Scotty’s in her spare time, knows only too well the impact losing a parent, at a young age, has on children. In 2014, Caroline lost her husband Sergeant Robert Williamson to a brain tumour. He left behind two young children, Lucy, and Eddie, who were just nine and seven years old at the time.
Over the years, both Caroline and her children have become an integral part of the Scotty’s community, and have received unrivalled support when they’ve needed it the most.
Commenting on the challenge Caroline said: “This is something that’s completely out of my comfort zone, a new challenge for me! But now is a good time to do it. Scotty’s needs more help than ever, and I want to help in any way that I can. I’m going to do 7120 steps, in blocks of 50. I’ve worked out I’ll have to do 11 blocks of 50 in one day. I’m doing it dressed as R2-D2 because Rob was a huge fan of Star Wars, and I will need The Force with me!”
For Caroline, being able to help the charity that has done so much for her children over the years, especially now, was an easy decision.
She said: “Nikki is amazing and all the team at Scotty’s Little Soldiers have been there for my family and supported us 24-7 for almost 6 years when we tragically lost Rob. Scotty’s has been there every step of the way. The kids and I have been struggling recently, with a lot of time on our hands we are thinking about Rob a lot and we really miss him. It’s a worrying time for everyone, but Scotty’s are still checking in on us every week with the support team calling us – they are working flat out.”
Founded in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set up by war widow Nikki Scott 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.
Usually, at this time of year, Scotty’s 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 to the current climate and has been using modern technology and arranging exciting virtual events and activities to engage with its members as well as offering an increased level of emotional support to a great number of families who are struggling to cope with added pressures.
Nikki said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to support families like Caroline’s. Caroline is a wonderful person and her generosity with her time volunteering for us and taking on this extreme challenge is second to none, she is part of our family! From all at Scotty’s we wish her the very best of luck in tackling virtual Mount Snowdon. It’s fundraising like this that allows us to continue to deliver the vital work we do.”
To donate to Caroline’s fundraiser visit: https://givepenny.com/caroline_williamson_the_virtual_climb_challenge
Or to sign up for your own virtual fundraising event or challenge, go to: vf.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk