Stuart Constantine has teamed up with a group of Army Veterans to help raise vital funds for charity.

Veteran hosts fundraising activities for charity close to his heart

The group, aptly named, Veterans for Charity, is in its third year of fundraising and has so far raised £6,000 for a number of charities, including national bereaved Armed Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Stuart, along with his Army comrades, host an array of fundraising events every year including online auctions and raffles which have continued to take place during the pandemic. They also recently organised a casino night in Hull and a sponsored bike ride, which unfortunately due to the current circumstance has had to be postponed until next year, but Stuart is determined to continue his support for Scotty’s with his online fundraising.

Having previously served in the Royal Signals for 10 years, Stuart has a strong military background which was the main reasons for him choosing to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers. Having served in locations such as Germany, York and Shrewsbury, in addition to the Gulf War in 1991 and Northern Ireland, he has a deep connection and understanding of how important the charity’s support is to hundreds of bereaved Forces children across the country.

Commenting on his fundraising activities, Stuart said: “The fundraising is ongoing annually. Veterans for Charity try to do a couple of events every year. We usually choose charities that our members have a connection with. We chose Scotty’s because we are Veterans with children, and this is very close to our hearts. It is a fantastic, worthwhile charity.

“There are many highlights to our fundraising. Firstly, the sense of reward that we all get from raising the money, donating it to our charities and the lovely letters we receive from the charities explaining how the money is helping others. Secondly, I am always humbled by people’s generosity for the auction prizes donated. For example, leather satchels worth £140, expensive, rare whiskies and rum, endless amounts of signed books by various well-known authors, signed Liverpool football shirts and so on. This year I am doing an online auction and am hoping to raise over £2,000 – Scotty’s Little Soldiers, Ty Hafan and Parkinson’s UK will benefit from this.

“I’ve also got to mention my wife Allison, as she has always been a massive help in all the auctions we have done, without her nothing would have been packed and delivered and would still be sitting in a pile upstairs!”

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.

In recent weeks, the charity, which currently supports 396 bereaved Armed Forces children across the UK, has had to adapt to the changes put in place in order to continue to deliver the integral support required. 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: “I’m so humbled by Stuart’s and Veterans for Charity’s fundraising activities for us. The time and effort that goes into organising their events, raffles and auctions is outstanding and we are so grateful. Fundraisers like Stuart are the reason Scotty’s can continue to deliver its integral services, especially in these unprecedented times.”

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