A charity supporting children and families of the fallen with the chance to take a much-needed break has opened its fifth holiday home at Combe Haven Holiday Park, St Leonards.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded by army widow, Nikki Scott following the death of her husband Corporal Lee Scott in 2009.
His vehicle was hit by an IED while serving in Afghanistan.
They had two young children, Kai and Brooke.
A few months after Lee’s death, Nikki went on holiday and saw Kai laugh for the first time and says it was at this point she decided to help other children have fun by creating Scotty’s and providing holidays for children and their families.
Nikki said: “The opening of our first ever lodge in Great Yarmouth was an extremely emotional day for me as I watched my dreams turn into a reality. Since then, we have gone from strength to strength and to now think that we have opened a fifth lodge is unbelievable.”
Each lodge is filled with home comforts and the charity ensures the families have everything they could need, from bedding to high chairs and toys and games. Scotty’s also covers travel expenses and provides each family with £100 every time they stay to help towards both food and activities.
Scotty’s chief executive Stuart Robinson said: “Our aim is to make it simple for the children we support from all over the UK to take a break from the strains of losing a parent.
“We are thrilled to open a holiday home at Combe Haven Holiday Park and I would like to say thank you to the team at Haven who have been so helpful and supportive.
“It’s important to remember the lodges aren’t just about giving families a holiday – it’s about giving families who have almost been torn apart the chance to create new memories they can treasure forever.”
For more information on the charity visit www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk
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