One week left to help bereaved Forces children smile at Scotty’s Virtual Festival


One week left to help bereaved Forces children smile at Scotty’s Virtual Festival

There’s just one week to go until bereaved British Forces children from around the country can temporarily put their troubles behind them as they enjoy 90 minutes of entertainment at the Scotty’s Virtual Festival.

92 children who have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces have signed up to be part of the special virtual festival, taking place on Friday 18th September, which is being organised by Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity for bereaved military children.

Nikki, with her two children Kai and Brooke

Earlier in the summer, Scotty’s Little Soldiers launched an appeal supported by Your Local Paper, a newspaper based near Scotty’s HQ, to raise funds for festival packs that are being sent to the children ahead of the event to ensure they have everything to hand to make it a special occasion.

So far £1,475 has been raised and it’s not too late to donate and play your part in helping remind bereaved British children they aren’t alone. With 92 packs to fill, plus postage costs, it’s hoped that further funds will be raised to bring the total closer to the original target of £3,500.

The event is being hosted by top London event organisers Sharky and George and will take place over Zoom, meaning that Scotty members from all over the UK can join the fun.

Britain’s Got Talent winner Lance Corporal Richard Jones will be performing magic, Twisted Mellon Promotions have kindly arranged for the brilliant band Bear Club to provide music from King’s Lynn’s Corn Exchange and there will be dancing, games, arts, crafts and much more.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers founder, Nikki Scott, said: “As soon as we announced to the kids that we were doing this event we had a great response. It’s just what they need after such a difficult time. I think more than ever it’s important that children who have lost a parent who served can feel connected to others in the same situation. We’re gutted we can’t get the children together in person, but this is the next best thing and I keep hearing how excited the children are.”

Nikki continued: “Thank you so much to everyone who has donated. Please don’t underestimate the difference you are making. To make it special each child will receive a special festival pack to make it an evening to remember. We want to fill it with exciting things. These kids deserve to smile and make happy memories. It’s not too late to donate, so please do if you can. Every penny counts.”

The festival packs contain a selection of goodies that can be used during the festival. A special thanks to the Appleton family from West Norfolk who have provided a generous selection of gifts that the children can enjoy, and to Morrisons for donating 100 little bags of Haribo sweets.

If you’d like to make a contribution, please go

to or text YLPFEST to 70085 to donate £5*. Cheques are to be made payable to Scotty’s Little Soldiers with the reference ‘YLPFEST’ on the reverse, or you can make a donation over the phone by calling 0800 092 8571. 

* Texts are charged at £5 plus one standard rate message 

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