Lola Armour explains how a charity helps her remember her Royal Signals father
For the families of those who died serving for our country, Remembrance Day is one of the toughest days of the year, but also one of the proudest, as the whole country comes together to remember the huge sacrifices they made for our country. For 14-year-old Lola, memories of her Royal Signals dad are limited but he’s always in her mind.
Lola lost her dad, Corporal Peter Armour, in May 2005 after he collapsed on a training run in Oman and died from heat related injuries. Lola was just one year old when he died and although she struggles to remember him, there are certain memories which stick in her mind.
“I was so young when my dad died that I don’t really remember a lot about him, my mum always talks about him and shows me photos which helps. My favourite memory of him is when he took me to visit some pigs, he was so excited to show me but all I was interested in was the babies.
“I always ask mum questions about him as I just want to know as much as I can about him. From what people tell me, he was incredibly brave and I’m so proud to have him as my dad.”
For Lola, Remembrance Day is every day, and this year she will be making her dad very proud by taking part in a dance show at Alton Towers. She said: “Mum and I usually attend a service on Remembrance Day, I find it difficult to remember but mum always shares stories with me which helps. This year, I’m really excited to be performing at Alton Towers and making my dad proud.”
Lola joined Scotty’s Little Soldiers in 2013. The charity 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.
“Joining Scotty’s was the best thing I ever did” said Lola. “Not being able to remember my dad was really upsetting but when I joined Scotty’s I realised I wasn’t alone. They really do make you smile and it’s nice to know that they are there for you if you need help or support.
“Scotty’s has given me so many amazing experiences and opportunities, it has really helped me and makes me want to help other children who are just like me. Without Scotty’s I’d feel very sad and alone.”
If you know a child or young person who has lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces find out how Scotty’s may be able to help them by clicking here.
If you would like to support the children of our fallen heroes you can donate to Scotty’s Little Soldiers by clicking here.