November to Remember
“I think I speak for everyone who has lost someone who served in the British Armed Forces when I say that November is a difficult month. For us Remembrance is every day, but during November the whole world comes together to remember our fallen heroes, which can be bittersweet. I feel so much pride towards all those who have served our country, but heartbroken that so many have lost their lives. I know first-hand what it is like for the families left behind.
For me this is a time for reflection. As well as thinking about Lee, which I do everyday anyway, it’s also a time for thinking about how difficult losing Lee has been for my children, and also of all the other kids out there who have lost a parent who served. Life can get so busy, but it’s essential to step back and remind myself exactly why Scotty’s is so important and focus on making sure we are continuing to offer the support that is so greatly needed.
At Scotty’s we’ve launched ‘November to Remember’ as a way the British public can remember our fallen heroes throughout the month and help support the children they’ve left behind. Below you’ll find a few of the ways you can get involved and we’ll be posting on our social media pages throughout the month with stories, memories and more activities.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Gary O’Donnell is one of those heroes. Gary was killed in Afghanistan in 2008, leaving behind his wife Toni, 8 year old son Aiden, and 9 week old son Ben. Take a moment to read their story by clicking here.
Thank you for showing your support. It means so much to us all.”
Nikki – Scotty’s founder.
Ways of getting involved this November and helping Scotty’s to support the children our heroes leave behind.
Buy Your Hero a Pint.
If we could, we wouldn’t think twice about buying our fallen heroes a pint. Why not donate the cost of a pint of beer to Scotty’s and help support the children they have left behind. Visit our Facebook campaign here and pledge your pint today.
Enter our Raffle.
We’re holding an online raffle which will be drawn on the 28th November at our Live Virtual Ball. There are lots of prizes to be won including a week’s stay in the Loire Valley, France! Purchase you ticket today from our online store by clicking here. Winners will be contacted after the 28th so you don’t need to attend the Ball to take part.
Attend the first ever Scotty’s Virtual Ball.
The Scotty’s Ball is going virtual this year and the great news is everyone can attend! We usually sell out of tickets but by holding the event virtually everyone can join us from the comfort of their own homes! It promises to be an amazing and fun-packed 2 hours. For more details and to order your household ticket click here.
Take part in the Hero Walk.
The Scotty’s Hero Walk is a 5-mile walk to remember our heroes. You could walk in memory of your own hero or for those who have lost their lives in the service of their country. To sign up and get walking visit the Hero Walk registration page here.
The SCOTTY Challenge – the ultimate fitness challenge.
We’re upping the game here. For those who like a physical challenge this is the ultimate way to pay your respects this Remembrance. Visit The SCOTTY Challenge dedicate website to find out more, take on the challenge over the Remembrance weekend and post your finish time to our leaderboard.
Colour me in & display SCOTTY.
One for our younger supporters – you can download and print out our colour-in Scotty. Many of our Scotty Members will be doing this and proudly displaying them in their front windows over the Remembrance period. You can download your Scotty by clicking here.
If you’d like to make a simple online donation to Scotty’s you can do so by clicking here. If you’d like to set up a regular monthly donation to help us support bereaved Forces children throughout their childhood you can join OVERWATCH by clicking here.
“I know firsthand what it’s like for families who have lost someone.” Watch Nikki’s fortnightly SitRep video where she talks about the mixed emotions for families who have lost someone during Remembrance.