Brother and sister duo head to the hills to help raise funds for bereaved Forces children


Adventurous siblings, David Mason from Longfield, Kent, and Susan Wood from Cheddleton, North Staffordshire, are heading to the highest point of the Peak District, to tackle the challenging hike of Kinder Scout, in order to raise funds for children’s Armed Forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

With the current climate hitting charities hard, the duo decided to use their love of walking to help raise much-need funds for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a national charity which supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the Armed Forces.

The hike, taking place on September 24th, will see David and Sue navigate the same challenging route that many current and former soldiers use to train and keep fit, in just one day. Having already raised £1,700 for the charity last year, David and Sue hope their new fundraising challenge will reach their target of £1,000.

Discussing the upcoming challenge, David said: “As a former Royal Horse Artillery and Princess of Wales Royal Regiment Rifle Platoon soldier, I have incredibly high praise for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, having seen first-hand the amazing support they provide to the children of our fallen soldiers.

“Last year Sue and I lost our father, who was a former Parachute Regiment soldier and great advocate of the charity. Keen to carry on his legacy of support, we decided to tackle the 14-mile hike of Kinder Scout, to raise much-needed funds for Scotty’s. Losing a parent is heart-breaking at any age, but to lose one as a child is absolutely devastating. Anything we can do to help support these children is incredibly important.

“We chose Kinder Scout due to its link to freedom, thanks to the ‘Mass Trespass’ of 1932 which gained the public access through our National Parks. We think this theme of freedom links in with Scotty’s greatly. The support and work Scotty’s provide helps the children with that sense of escapism and freedom from their worries, so they can feel like kids again.”

And Sue and David are hoping to turn a few heads, as they take on the hike dressed head to toe in 1930’s attire.

David added: “To add an extra bit of fun to our challenge, we’ve decided to ditch the fancy Gore-Tex and Lycra, and walk in 1930s attire. We imagine that we will turn quite a few heads!

“With both Sue and I suffering from arthritis, we understand this will be a tough challenge, but knowing that we will be helping put smiles back on the faces of Armed Forces children will ensure we keep on pushing, after all these children are our future. So far we have raised £265 and hope to hit our target of £1,000 in the run up to our fundraiser.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010 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: “We cannot thank David and Sue enough for their continued fundraising efforts. Their help ensures we can carry on providing support to our members through the most difficult time of their lives. The hike of Kinder Scout is an incredible challenge and we cannot wait to hear stories from David and Sue’s adventure. We’re wishing them lots of luck.”

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