12- year old, Scotty member, Lexie, takes on 101 mile charity bike ride with best friend in honour of RAF dad

 

“I know dad would be proud”

12-year-old, Scotty member, Lexie, takes on 101 mile charity bike ride with best friend in honour of RAF dad

Best friends, Lexie Pallett (12) and Freddie Summers (12), from Carterton in Oxfordshire are saddling up for a challenging bike ride this weekend, as they prepare to tackle 101 miles, all to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

The duo, who have been friends since they were babies, are taking part in the charity cycle in memory of Lexie’s dad, and to raise money for bereaved Armed Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers – a charity that over the last few months has been there to support Lexie and her sister, Cerie, through some of the toughest times of their lives.

Lexie and Cerie (9) lost their dad, RAF Sergeant Oliver Pallett, in February this year. The last few months have been incredibly difficult for the children and mum, Sharon, and the girls are both extremely grateful to the charity for the support it has provided so far and will do in the future.

Setting themselves an original fundraising target of £750, Lexie and Freddie have been amazed by the response and have already raised over £3,000, with donations continuing to come in every day.

Lexie said: “We want to say a big thank you for all of the generous donations so far, it means a lot to me and Freddie to have everyone’s support.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which was founded in 2010 by war widow Nikki Scott, supports hundreds of children, just like Lexie and Cerie, up and down the country, who at such a young age have already gone through so much. Having joined the charity just a few months ago, Lexie, with the support of her best friend, Freddie, are determined to help the charity in any way that they can.

Starting on Saturday (29th), the pair plan to complete the distance in two days. They will set off from LXX Squadron, the last post of Lexie’s dad, Ollie, and finish at 101 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton, on Sunday (30th) which was Ollie’s favourite Squadron.

Joining them on the ride will be Freddie’s dad and keen cyclist Paul Summers, who has mapped out the route with plenty of stops for them along the way. Lexie’s mum Sharon, and Freddie’s mum Toni, will be stationed ahead of them on route and cheering them on.

Lexie said: “I really wanted to do something to help Scotty’s Little Soldiers and something to remember my dad and as soon as I mentioned it to Freddie, he wanted to join me. We chose to cycle 101 miles because the 101 Squadron was my dad’s favourite Squadron and I wanted to do something that raised money in his name.

“My dad loved aeroplanes, he was an aeroplane geek, but was also really funny and loved joking around with me. I know he’d be proud of what Freddie and I are doing for Scotty’s.”

Since joining Scotty’s Little Soldiers earlier this year, Lexie and Cerie have already benefited from the charity’s support. Lexie’s mum, Sharon said: “Scotty’s has really helped with the emotional support, and for the girls to know that they are there when you need them has been invaluable. They’ve both received welcome packs through the post, as well as birthday gifts, and I know they are both looking forward to the Virtual Festival which Scotty’s are hosting next month.”

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: “Lexie and her sister have been through so much recently and I can’t thank Lexie enough for what she’s doing to help raise money for Scotty’s. Freddie is a true friend for supporting Lexie in this challenge and in helping raise the money they have in such a short space of time. For Lexie to set herself a challenge like this so early on in her journey and only being 12 years old shows true strength and pure courage. I know her dad would be looking down on her with pride.

“The last few months have been hard for all of our members, but it’s because of members and fundraisers like Lexie and Freddie that we can continue to deliver a high level of support to bereaved Forces children across the country when they need it the most.”

To donate to Lexie and Freddie’s fundraiser, visit:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lexiepallett-freddiesummers?utm_source=whatsapp&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=lexiepallett-freddiesummers&utm_campaign=pfp-whatsapp&utm_term=d573315341804bd4be1a371632ed6ce2

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

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