VE Day Anniversary patches raise vital funds for bereaved Armed Forces children


A series of limited-edition Remembrance, morale patches have raised vital funds for national bereaved Armed Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

The patches, produced by tactical kit manufacturers, 5.11, were designed to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day and raised thousands of pounds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers. The money raised will help the charity continue to deliver integral support to hundreds of bereaved Forces children up and down the country when they need it the most.

Spear headed by Neil Francombe from 5.11 in the UK, the limited-edition 75th Anniversary patch was available to buy through the 5.11 UK dealer network.

Neil said: “It’s very pleasing to know that we have helped make a difference to many deserving children and their families for a very worthwhile cause.

“We wanted to commemorate VE Day whilst also remembering the sacrifices made by our current Armed Forces by donating all proceeds from the sale of these patches to Scotty’s Little Soldiers. The charity is an inspiration and the work they do to support hundreds of bereaved Forces children, up and down the country, is phenomenal.”

For the last two years, 5.11 has designed a morale patch to support various charities in relation to both the anniversary of the WWI and D-Day. This year’s design was made in recognition of the end of WWII and VE & VJ day, with Scotty’s Little Soldiers chosen as the supporting charity.

The limited-edition patches were quickly sold, allowing 5.11 to pass all gross profits raised from the patch sales to the charity.

The pioneer and world-leading maker of purpose-built gear, 5.11 designs its products for life’s most demanding missions, its toughest jobs, and its greatest ambitions. The brand builds to the highest standards: battle-ready, field-tested, functional, comfortable, and lasting, while making gear engineered to look good and work exceptionally, to empower and inspire those who tackle the toughest challenges head-on.

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.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers CEO, Stuart Robinson said: “We can’t thank 5.11 enough for their support and the incredible amount of money they’ve raised for Scotty’s over the last few months. This money will go a long way in helping us continue to deliver a high level of support to bereaved Forces children across the country. To be associated with 5.11 has been an honour, the brand has a strong reputation within the military community so for them to choose to support Scotty’s Little Soldiers means a great deal to us.”

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