Army veteran gets set for half marathon challenge to help raise money to support bereaved Armed Forces children


Army veteran, Simon Pickett, will be running the Sandringham Half Marathon on June 20 to help raise much needed funds to help support hundreds of bereaved Armed Forces children and young people up and down the country.

Simon Pickett

The 52-year-old, who served in the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment will be raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a national charity set up to offer integral support to children and young people who have experienced the death of a parent in the Armed Forces.

Simon served in the same regiment as Corporal Lee Scott, the inspiration behind Scotty’s Little Soldiers. Lee was killed in Afghanistan in 2009 and his wife Nikki Scott set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers the year after his death. She saw the devastating impact the death of her husband had on their two young children and wanted to help others in the same situation.

Although Simon left the Forces just before Lee joined, the pair had many friends in common and Simon is keen to help the charity set up in Lee’s honour in any way he can.

Setting himself the challenge of completing the Sandringham Half Marathon, which takes place on 20th June, Simon, who hasn’t run the half marathon distance in over 37 years, is aiming to raise £500, with every penny going to Scotty’s.

Discussing his upcoming challenge, Simon said: “Being a military man myself I’ve known about Scotty’s for many years and have seen the incredible work they do for hundreds of children and young people across the UK. Being a local charity, I’ve always wanted to do my bit to support their work, and now seemed like the perfect time to help.

“My time in the Forces was spent with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, the same regiment as Scotty. This special connection and knowing that I have the support of the full Scotty’s team will certainly help me cross the finishing line.”

Scotty’s is currently providing assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children and young people around the UK and services offered include guidance to parents and carers, access to professional child bereavement support, personal education and learning assistance (including grants) and fun activities such as holiday respite breaks and group events. These are all designed to remind the children and young people supported by Scotty’s that they are not alone.

Nikki said: “I can’t thank Simon enough for his support, and I know Lee would be proud to hear that members of his regiment are getting behind us and doing what they can to raise money. Our members have already been through so much so the support we offer them is so important, particularly as they grow up. Now more than ever, they need reassurance that they are not alone, and it’s because of the fundraising efforts of people like Simon that we’re able to continue to deliver a high level of support at times when our members need it the most.”

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