New Malden businessman does his bit for a charity close to his heart

New Malden businessman does his bit for a charity close to his heart

New Malden based businessman, Barry Fisher, is doing his bit to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Through his coffee shop, Hooky Street Coffee Co in New Malden, Surrey and demolition firm, Ubique Engineers, Barry is raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a national charity set up to provide integral support to children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces.

Barry, who previously served in The Corps of Royal Engineers, knows only too well how losing a parent can impact a young child. He lost a close friend in Afghanistan who left behind a young family, and his children are now supported by Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Raising money in a variety of different ways, Barry has already collected £160 through his demolition company, Ubique Engineers, which recently joined Scotty’s Little Soldiers’ Overwatch initiative, pledging a monthly donation to help watch over and support bereaved Forces children.

Barry has also raised £300 through his coffee shop, Hooky Street Coffee Co. With the help and support of his customers, they were able to raise funds through a charity day and a recently installed contactless donation station. From 13th July, Barry also plans to give each customer who donates using the contactless donation station a free reusable bamboo coffee cup.

And looking to the future, Barry has plans to roll out other fundraising events, including a Christmas fundraising day, where Santa will hand out Scotty’s themed gifts to customers.

Commenting on his fundraising efforts Barry said: “Scotty’s Little Soldiers is an incredible charity, I know personally how much the charity does to support its members, the whole team go above and beyond every day, and I’m delighted we’re able to support them in this way. The contactless donation station has been a really easy way for our customers to donate and I have no doubt the generosity will continue.”

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 months, 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 said: “I can’t thank Barry enough for his fundraising efforts, the way he has embraced the charity and got involved through his businesses has been an incredible support to us and our members, particularly at this difficult time. It’s great to see businesses like Barry’s taking on the contactless donation stations as well as our new Overwatch initiative. The more businesses we can get onboard in this way, the more we will be able to do for the children our fallen heroes left behind.”

For more information on how your business can support Scotty’s Little Soldiers visit: http://scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/

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