BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT WINNER BECOMES AMBASSADOR
2016 Britain’s Got Talent winner, Lance Corporal Richard Jones, has today been announced as an official ambassador for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity dedicated to supporting children and young people who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces and helping them smile again.
The magician and mind reader, who joined the Armed Forces himself in 2010, will offer his support to help raise awareness of the charity across the UK and assist in reaching out to other military families who may not be aware of Scotty’s and the support programmes it offers.
He said: “It’s a real privilege to become an ambassador of Scotty’s Little Soldiers. Having served in the army now for seven years, I’ve seen first-hand how the families and most importantly the children are affected when their mum or dad doesn’t come home. The charity does some fantastic work and it’s important that more people know about it. I hope I can help spread the word so that Nikki and the team can continue to offer the same level of brilliant support to children across the country.”
Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set up in memory of Corporal Lee Scott, husband and father, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
Nikki witnessed first-hand the effect the loss of a loved one in these circumstances can have on a child. Her two children, Kai and Brooke were just five and nine months old respectively when their dad was killed and Nikki soon realised there was nothing available to help her children through this tough time.
Since its inception in 2010, Scotty’s has grown to support almost 300 children across the UK who have lost a parent in the British Armed Forces. Its members receive support in a variety of ways ranging from professional counselling and a family support network, to fun activities, gifts, holidays and educational grants.
Scotty’s Founder, Nikki Scott said: “I’m so excited to have Richard on board as an ambassador and I know our members will be over the moon. Working with Lance Corporal Richard Jones seemed like a perfect fit given his army background and I know he will offer us as much support as he can. Scotty’s continues to grow year on year, however I believe there are still hundreds of children in the UK who have lost a parent while in the British Armed Forces and for us it’s important that we reach them and Lance Corporal Richard Jones will be a great asset in helping us do that. I want to say a big thank you to him for all his support and we’re super excited to see what the future holds.”
To find out more information or to get involved in raising money for Scotty’s you can visit: http://scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/get-involved/
Notes to editors
To speak to a member of the Scotty’s Little Soldiers team, please contact Scotty’s national PR agency: Claire Grew (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Grayson (email@example.com) 0113 273 7816
About Scotty’s Little Soldiers
The Charity, founded by Nikki Scott in 2010, honours the memory of fallen heroes of the armed forces. When her loving husband and father, Corporal Lee Scott, passed away she was inspired to provide a safe and supportive charity looking after 286 bereaved children. The Charity runs a range of programmes to help children look forward to a bright future filled with joy. In order to do so Scotty’s Little Soldiers enables the public to donate to the charity and provide financial support, honouring and showing appreciation for the soldiers having passed away. You can visit the charity online at http://www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/