Fortis Vision make £2,000 donation to help support bereaved Forces children

2021-03-31

Nationwide refurbishment company, Fortis Vision, has made a donation of £2,000 to Scotty’s Little Soldiers to help support hundreds of bereaved Armed Forces children and young people.

Fortis Vision made the generous donation in conjunction with their continued support for the Armed Forces Covenant which promises the company’s commitment to provide employment opportunities for individuals who are currently serving in or have left the Armed Forces, often looking to start a new career.

Managing Director, David Borthwick has been a member of the Reserve Forces for over 25 years and understands how important charities like Scotty’s are to the military community.

“This donation underlines the company’s commitment to offer support to those who serve and have served for our country, as well as their families”

David said.

“Our roots are in the military and we genuinely believe in the benefits of hiring ex-military for the service we provide to clients, but also for the much-deserved support that we can give. Every year Fortis Vision makes a substantial donation to a charity. This year, given our work with the Armed Forces Covenant and my military background we chose Scotty’s.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity dedicated to supporting children and young people (0 to 25 years) who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces. Army widow Nikki Scott, set up the charity in 2010 after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009, leaving behind two young children - Kai was 5 and Brooke was just 7 months.

The charity 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.

David added:

“I’ve supported Scotty’s for over four years. As a Reservist, the charity immediately struck a chord with me. I have served in similar environments to Nikki’s husband Lee, many with families have lost their lives, and I also had young children at home.
"We know that for people who have served in the Armed Forces, starting a brand-new career can be really tough. Having been top of their game, many individuals have to reinvent themselves in a different line of work with a different ethos. To develop our employment of ex-military, Fortis Vision networks with veterans and those currently serving, supporting charity and sporting events or really anywhere we can.”

Scotty’s founder, Nikki said:

“I’m so grateful to David and the whole team at Fortis Vision for choosing Scotty’s. This donation will go a long way in helping us deliver a high level of support to a hundreds of children and young people who at such a young age have already gone through so much. The last year has been difficult for everyone, but our members have already lost one parent, so for them the fear of losing another is terrifying. The work we do helps reassure them that they are not alone and offers them a network of support as and when they need it.”

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