Shaun Whitehead is taking on an every-hour-on-the-hour CrossFit challenge for 24 hours straight to raise funds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Armed Forces Warrant Officer to take on 24-hour CrossFit workout

Shaun, who has served in the Armed Forces for 17 years, is tackling a CrossFit workout on the hour every hour, over a 24-hour period, to raise money and help British bereaved Armed Forces children smile again. The charity Diabetes UK will also benefit from Shaun’s fundraising.

Commenting on his fundraising activity, Shaun said: “I do a lot of training and enjoy CrossFit anyway, and I had the idea about a year ago and now seems the perfect time to do it. My prep has been my usual workouts and fine tuning how I am doing it. I am considering live streaming it on Facebook so people can watch, and to try and really boost donations!

“I’ll be doing the challenge outside on camp and I’ll be maintaining the current 2m social distancing rules as I invite colleagues to join in throughout the day to try to break the monotony!”

Originally from Edinburgh, Shaun has served in the military since 2002, completing three tours of Afghanistan, serving in Iraq, Bosnia and six months in Northern Ireland. For his brave efforts, in 2008, Shaun was awarded the Military Cross.

Speaking about his connection to Scotty’s, Shaun said: “I know colleagues and friends who use Scotty’s Little Soldiers as a support network. I really wanted to support Scotty’s as it’s a children’s charity, and there’s not a lot of support for children of the Armed Forces. I’m going to continue to do fundraising events in the future for military based charities, and this time I hope to raise £500 each for Scotty’s Little Soldiers and Diabetes UK.”

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 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 commented: “What a challenge Shaun is taking on! I have the utmost respect for him and wish him the best of luck – I can’t wait to find out how he gets on. It’s because of the generosity of fundraisers like Shaun that Scotty’s can continue to deliver the integral support we do to children who need it the most.”

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