12-YEAR-OLD LEXIE RAISES OVER £6,000 IN MEMORY OF RAF DAD
Twelve-year-old, Scotty member, Lexie Pallett, from Carterton in Oxfordshire has raised over £6,000 for a charity that has been there to support her since losing her dad earlier this year.
Lexie, alongside her best friend, Freddie Summers (12) cycled 101 miles over the bank holiday weekend (29th & 30th August) in honour of her 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.
The pair have raised a total of £6,801 to date, with the donations continuing to rise every day.
Day 1: Lexie and Freddie on the top of White Horse Hill, Uffington
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.
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.”
Friends and family showing their support along the way
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.
In honour of her dad, Lexie and Freddie started their bike ride at RAF Brize Norton LXX Squadron, the last post of her dad, Ollie, and finished at 101 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton, which was Ollie’s favourite Squadron.
Joining them on the ride was Freddie’s dad and keen cyclist Paul Summers, who mapped out the route with plenty of stops for them along the way. Lexie’s mum Sharon, and Freddie’s mum Toni, were stationed ahead of them on route cheering them on.
Day 2: Lexie and Freddie with their family as they cross the finish line.
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.
RAF Sergeant Oliver Pallett
“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