Simone nears £5,000 fundraising target for Scotty’s Little Soldiers
At the beginning of the year, mortgage advisor, Simone Hall, set herself the challenge of raising £5,000 in six months for national bereaved Armed Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, by donating her broker fees to the charity.
Despite the lifestyle changes and restrictions put in place over the last few weeks, Simone, who is based at RAF Brize Norton, is now well on track having so far raised over £4,000 over a month to go.
With a customer base that’s primarily military, helping tri-services throughout the country and currently serving overseas, the decision to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers has been extremely well received across Simone’s client base.
Donating her client broker fees which are paid on formal offer of a mortgage, she has managed to maintain the momentum throughout lockdown. Simone explains: “Mortgage offers have still been happening, albeit taking a little longer and are a little more challenging in the current climate.
“It has been quite difficult personally as I am sacrificing money I could do with earning myself right now, but I have committed to Scotty’s and when I make a promise, I keep to it. The Scotty’s members have made the ultimate sacrifice losing a parent and they deserve all the support they can get.”
Simone lost her dad in 2013 and knows only too well what the children supported by Scotty’s must be going through. She said: “I lost my dad tragically in 2013 which I found difficult even as an adult. There is a famous quote by Abraham Lincoln – “To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own” – It makes my day every time I get a donation as I know it’s going to helping a bereaved Forces child or young person. To know that I am helping put smiles on faces is worth more than money in my pocket.”
Commenting on her fundraising experience, Simone said: “I set a goal of raising £5,000 this year and have almost hit it now. I feel very proud of myself. I feel many more businesses could help support Scotty’s by donating some of their earnings. It is easy to set up. I just get my clients to donate straight on the everydayhero page themselves instead of paying my company and that in turn makes them feel good.”
And Simone’s fundraising doesn’t stop there, she plans, once lockdown is over and travel is permitted again, to take part in a Sahara Desert Trek to continue raising vital funds.
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 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 commented; “We can’t thank Simone enough for her support in raising funds for Scotty’s. It’s always great to see how small businesses commit not only their time to raising money but their company profits to help us continue to deliver the support these children so desperately need.”
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