Scotty’s family inspire close friend to take on the Virtual London Marathon and to help raise money to support bereaved British Armed Forces children


Veteran marathon runner, Dawn Granger, from Gravesend in Kent, is set to take on her 12th marathon next month. She is set to complete the Virtual London Marathon, all to raise money for a charity that has provided integral support to the children of a close friend, after they lost their dad over 14 years ago.

Dawn, who had secured a place in this year’s London Marathon, is running the Virtual London Marathon on 4th October for her friend, Angela Nicholls, and her two children Cameron (16) and Erin (14).

Cameron and Erin with Scotty’s Little Soldiers Patron, LCPL Richard Jones.

Cameron and Erin lost their dad, Lance Corporal Ross Nicholls in 2006 after he was killed in Afghanistan. Since his death, the children have been supported by national bereaved Armed Forces charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, and Dawn wants to do what she can to help the charity, which has been there for the children through some of the toughest times of their lives.

Lance Corporal Ross Nicholls

Dawn is hoping to raise as much money as possible and is currently past her initial goal of £200.

Commenting on her upcoming challenge, Dawn said: “This will be my twelfth marathon and I tend to choose a new charity for each run. I decided to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, as I know it means a lot to Angela and has been an incredible support to herself and her children over the years. The charity has provided the children with amazing support and every time she talks about them, I think I want to help raise money for them.”

Dawn originally signed up to take part in the London Marathon, which was cancelled earlier this year. The Virtual London Marathon takes place on 4th October with runners having to complete the distance in 24 hours.

Dawn is aiming to complete the run in her local park, running eight laps of the 5k route.

Commenting on her training, Dawn said: “My training hasn’t been ideal with lockdown, it’s definitely picked up over the last few weeks, but I’m definitely going to invite people to join me running at different points to support me.”

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: “I can’t thank Dawn enough for choosing to raise money for Scotty’s. We support hundreds of children like Cameron and Erin and every penny raised goes towards helping us deliver a high level of support to them when they need it the most. The cancellation of the London Marathon earlier this year hit us hard, so it’s great to see them organising a virtual event, meaning those who still want to complete the distance and raise money can. We wish Dawn the best of luck.”

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