Scotty’s Christmas Party for bereaved Forces children
Soap star Simon Gregson, aka Coronation Street’s Steve McDonald, and Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Proudlock were on hand at the weekend to bring festive cheer to the annual Christmas Party for children of our fallen heroes.
The party, which took place at Condover Hall in Shrewsbury on Friday (2nd) and Saturday (3rd), was organised by Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity which supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces and aims to help them smile again.
It was the fourth Christmas Party held by the charity, which was founded by Army widow Nikki Scott in 2010, and was described as “a magical and interactive adventure through the different worlds of fantasy and mystery”.
This year over 170 children were treated to an array of exciting activities including a live performance from upcoming boy band, New Hope Club. They all had the chance to sample sweet treats with Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, mix potions and cast spells with Professor Snape and test their secret agent skills as they traversed a labyrinth of laser beams.
And the excitement didn’t stop there as each child had the chance to visit Santa in his grotto, take part in a huge snowball fight, travel through the wardrobe into Narnia and visit Neverland with Peter Pan.
The families stayed onsite overnight and had their travel expenses covered as well.
Simon Gregson said: “I’ve had family who’ve served in the Armed Forces so I wanted to help. Scotty’s has been a part of my life for five years and it’s very inspiring. Here, the kids know they are not alone.”
The charity founder, Nikki Scott was once again overjoyed with the success of the event, she said: “This year’s party was our best yet, every year they get bigger and bigger.
“Christmas can be a difficult time for children following the loss of a parent and the aim of the party is to provide festive fun and cheer. We were delighted Simon, Oliver and the New Hope Club could join us and help get the Christmas period off to a wonderful start. They all really helped make it a truly memorable day for all the children.”
“I would also like to give a special mention to all the volunteers who helped organise the day, the fantastic entertainers who made it such a special occasion for all the children and the parents who joined us and brought their wonderful children along”
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The Christmas Party is a part of Scotty’s ‘Smiles’ programme. You can learn more about Smiles and our other Assistance Programmes here.