Thomas Cook Children’s Charity
Peterborough based Thomas Cook Children’s Charity has helped put smiles on the faces of over 300 bereaved British Armed Forces children following funding which was awarded to Armed Forces children’s charity, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity, which helps raise funds for charities working to improve the lives of children and young people in the UK and overseas, provided a grant of over £2,000 to Scotty’s Little Soldiers to fund a collection of Clare Shaw Children’s Books designed to help children through bereavement.
The book, entitled ‘Love Will Never Die’, was made available to all 364 bereaved British Armed Forces children that are supported by Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
Founded in 2010 by war widow Nikki Scott, Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports children across the UK who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.
Motivated by her own experiences and those of her children, Nikki set up the charity following the death of her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, in 2009, after he was killed while on active service in Afghanistan. The charity offers its members valuable support with everything from outings and gifts to family support and assistance with personal development.
Commenting on the funding, Nikki said: “We’re extremely grateful to Thomas Cook Children’s Charity for the funding and for allowing us the opportunity to provide our members with such an important tool to guide their children through bereavement. Talking to your child about the death of a parent is one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do and by having something as simple as a book to read with them which will help them understand is invaluable.”
Scotty’s members, Euan and Deacon Britton, lost their dad, Keri David Ewart Britton of the 36 Signal Regiment in 2011 when he took his own life.
Euan, who was two and a half when he lost his dad, has found the book useful since receiving it earlier this year, he said: “I think the person who wrote it is experienced in terms of losing someone when they are young. She makes the emotions that the person is feeling very clear and suggests ways of remembering them that children may not think of on their own. She thinks of ways to make you feel better with different solutions.”