Edward Williamson, explains how Scotty’s helps him remember his amazing dad
With Remembrance Day this weekend, the thoughts of those who died serving our country will be firmly in our minds. For 11-year-old Edward Williamson from Marham in Norfolk, the memory of his RAF father never leaves.
Eddie lost his dad, Sergeant Robert Williamson in August 2014 to a brain tumour. Eddie was seven years old at the time of his dad’s death and is extremely proud of everything he achieved.
“He was an amazing dad” said Eddie. “I am very proud of him, he was very kind and always looked after us, when my sister was sick he always slept on her bedroom floor to make sure she was ok.”
For Eddie, Remembrance isn’t just one day, his dad is always in his mind. He said: “As dad wasn’t killed in combat, Remembrance Day doesn’t affect us as much as some of the other children so we try and carry on as normal.”
He joined Scotty’s Little Soldiers in 2014, a few months after his dad’s death, and on joining immediately received a goody bag and on Remembrance Sunday, he was sent vouchers for Pizza Hut.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set-up in 2010 by Army widow, Nikki Scott in memory of her husband Corporal Lee Scott to support bereaved British Forces children. Nikki and Lee had two children and she saw first-hand the effect the loss of a loved one in these circumstances can have on a child.
“Scotty’s specialise in happiness not just remembrance” said Eddie. “Joining Scotty’s has made me a lot happier about things and made me feel a lot braver. I can’t imagine life without Scotty’s now, without them I would be very unhappy.”
Eddie attended his first Scotty’s Christmas party in 2014, and came away with a smile on his face and determined to write his Christmas list.
Eddie added: “Scotty’s are just amazing, I would tell anyone one in the same situation to join. Making people happy is really important so I would definitely help by volunteering in the future.”
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