Scotty’s Mum, Taylor Sullivan, tackles challenging stair climb to raise vital funds for a charity that has kept her daughter smiling


Scotty’s Mum, Taylor Sullivan, has challenged herself to a mammoth stair climb, all to raise vital funds for a charity that has been there for her daughter during the toughest time of her life.

21-year-old Taylor will start her challenge on 1st September and aims to climb the set of stairs in her house a minimum of 2,800 times throughout the month, which equates to an average of 100 times a day. All the money she raises will go to national bereaved Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity which has supported her daughter Poppi over the last year. 

Two-year-old Poppi lost her dad, 20-year-old, Trooper Sion Rosier, in August 2019, and over the last year has found solace in the integral support network provided by Scotty’s.

The charity, which was founded in 2010 by war widow Nikki Scott, supports hundreds of children, just like Poppi, up and down the country, who at such a young age have already gone through so much.

For Taylor, this challenge is her way of giving back after an incredibly hard year for both her and her daughter.

She said: “Over the last year, Scotty’s has done so much for us, I just wanted to do something to give back. In the current climate I know charities are struggling, but despite all that, Scotty’s support has never stopped, they have been incredible. To encourage people to donate, I really wanted to push myself, and hopefully raise as much money as I possibly can.”

Since joining Scotty’s Little Soldiers in August last year, Poppi has benefited from the charity’s support programmes, including a recent respite holiday at Center Parcs which she took with her mum around the time of the first anniversary of her dad’s death earlier this month.

Taylor added: “I wasn’t aware of Scotty’s Little Soldiers at first, but I’m so glad they came into our lives. It was when we received our first Remembrance Day voucher last year that I realised how much they care about the children they support. They have been a great support to Poppi. At such a young age, it’s hard for her to understand, but Scotty’s make her feel special and as she grows up, she’ll understand more and know that other people are thinking about her.”

Nikki Scott set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers 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 educational support, and delivering outstanding development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants. Scotty’s also helps put smiles back on those brave faces by providing respite breaks, posting the children birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death, as well as arranging events where bereaved Forces children from all over the UK come together to have a great time and form friendships with kids in the same situation.

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: “Taylor is an inspiration. Both her and Poppi have had a very tough year so we really appreciate the effort she is putting in to raise money. Poppi is a lovely little girl, and it’s because of people like Taylor that we can continue to deliver a high level of support to her and hundreds of other children in similar situation across the country. The last few months have been incredibly difficult for our families so knowing that Scotty’s is there makes them feel less alone. Good luck to Taylor, we know she’ll do great.”

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