FATHER AND SON TAKE ON CHARITY MARATHON CHALLENGE
Father and son, Andrew and Matthew Stant from Wallasey in Wirral, have gone the extra mile having completed a marathon, all in aid of national bereaved Armed Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
Father, Andrew and son, Matthew, completed the challenge separately but managed to complete it in just two days. Andrew walked the distance along the coastal paths close to his home, and as part of his daily exercise.
The decision to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers was made by ex-serviceman Matthew, who last year was diagnosed with PTSD following his time spent in Afghanistan. The pair climbed Ben Nevis together in September 2019 raising over £500 for the charity.
Commenting, Andrew said: “It was last year when Matthew was diagnosed with PTSD that I suggested to him that we climb Ben Nevis as I believed it would help focus his mind. I suggested we did the climb for charity, and because of its links to the military, Matthew chose Scotty’s. The Ben Nevis climb was amazing, although we experienced the worst storm in history.
“After last year’s activity we were determined to do another walk to raise money for Scotty’s, but circumstances changed, which meant we weren’t able to do it as we intended. However, we still wanted to do what we could for Scotty’s. It’s such a fantastic charity and we will continue to help in any way that we can.”
Scotty’s Little Soldiers host the Month of May Marathon challenge every year, and this year the fundraiser is bigger than ever with more people getting involved to help support the charity during these uncertain times.
The aim of the challenge is to complete the marathon distance of 26.2 miles throughout the month in any way that you please, whether that’s simply walking the distance, running or thinking outside the box.
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.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers 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 organising events, 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 for the families, all grieving for a loved one, to go on respite breaks and attend special events, but sadly these things aren’t possible at present. In recent weeks, the charity has had to adapt to the current climate and has been using modern technology to arrange exciting virtual events and activities to engage with its members, ensuring them that in uncertain times such as these they are not alone. They’ve also been providing a high volume of wellbeing support to families who are suffering from enhanced anxiety and other problems due to the current health crisis.
Nikki said: “Andrew and Matthew have been an incredible support to Scotty’s over the last year and I’m delighted they are continuing to support during this difficult time. Every penny raised from the Month of May Marathon challenge will go a long way in helping us, particularly in these uncertain times. Our members need us now more than ever and it’s only by people taking the time and effort to fundraise that we’re able to keep our support alive.”
To donate to Andrew or Matthew’s May Marathon fundraiser visit:
Or to sign up for your own virtual fundraising event or challenge, go to: vf.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk