Vicky Bovington is organising a raffle throughout May to raise crucial funds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

NAVY WIDOW RAISES VITAL FUNDS FOR SCOTTY’S LITTLE SOLDIERS

On May 10th, the mother of two, set up a virtual raffle 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.  

Each raffle ticket costs £1 and the winners will be announced via Facebook Live Stream on 31st May at 4pm. And Vicky has lined up some great prizes. Partnering with small business, Huggable Heroes, Vicky has arranged the top prize to be a £35 voucher for the winner to make their very own Huggable Hero.

In addition, there are five more prizes up for grabs, including five wooden rainbows which have been designed and created by a close friend. 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.

Vicky knows only too well the impact losing a parent at a young age has on children. In 2016, Vicky lost her husband, Leading Navy Nurse Thomas Bovington who served in Queen Alexanders Royal Naval Nursing Service (DMGS), to a genetic heart condition. He left behind two young children, Elizabeth, and Isabelle, who are just six and four years old.

Over the years, both Vicky and her children have become an integral part of the Scotty’s community, and have received unrivalled support when they have needed it the most.

Commenting on the fundraising activity Vicky said: “I have always wanted to raise money for Scotty’s. Previously, my eldest daughter and I did a sponsored haircut and then donated the hair to the Princess Trust, that raised £500 for Scotty’s. This year, as I am on my own with two kids and a dog, logistically, a raffle was the best option for me. When the children lost their dad, I got them a Huggable Hero each and it brought them so much comfort. So, I thought why not combine the two, fundraise for Scotty’s and also provide an opportunity for someone to win a Huggable Hero of their own.

Lockdown is incredibly difficult for everyone not being able to see and hug loved ones, and I thought a Huggable Hero could bring a lot of comfort to someone in need of a hug right now.”

Vicky originally set herself a fundraising target of £50 but is currently way above that at £170.

For Vicky, 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: “The cards and gifts on important days that the girls receive really shows them that Scotty’s is thinking about them. The holidays that they plan for us are just immense. On my own, finances can be a struggle, and last year we got to go to Centre Parcs. It doesn’t just make the girls smile, it gives them that support, and it also provides me with some respite and a five-minute breather. It helps the whole family.

“The Scotty’s team go above and beyond. Especially in lockdown, they text, call or email weekly just to check in on us. They’ve been keeping the kids entertained too with TikTok videos, virtual quizzes and games, it’s great.”

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 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: “Thank you so much to Vicky for her fundraising efforts and the girls, what a lovely idea. It really will brighten up people’s day during these unprecedented times, not to mention it is helping our children to smile again. We wish everyone that enters good luck!”

To donate to Vicky’s fundraiser visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Vicky-Bovington2

 Or to sign up for your own virtual fundraising event or challenge, go to: vf.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk

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