Take up the Scotty Challenge!
Remembrance is a time of honouring our fallen heroes and, this November, the Scotty Challenge is being launched in memory of those who lost their lives fighting for our country, and in support of their children left behind.
Not for the fainthearted, the Scotty Challenge is a high-endurance workout that has been created by respected performance coach and athlete Tanya Haeffele, and is organised by Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity for bereaved British Forces children.
Founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010, Scotty’s Little Soldiers was set up in memory of Nikki’s husband and father to her two children, Corporal Lee Scott, following his death in Afghanistan in 2009.
Scotty’s does lots of things to support children who have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces, including sending them on holidays, posting them birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death. The charity also provides personal development assistance for the children through educational grants and access to professional bereavement counselling, as well as arranging events where bereaved Forces children from all over the country come together to have a great time and form friendships with kids in the same situation.
The Scotty Challenge can be done any time, and anywhere that is suitable for such a challenge. It can be done individually or as a group. The Scotty Challenge goes live from 1 November and participants are encouraged to post their time to add a competitive element. Many people are planning to take on the challenge over Remembrance weekend, in memory of those who have lost their lives in the service of their country.
‘Our servicemen and women gave so much and this is a way to honour them, as well as thinking about the loved ones, particularly children, they left behind,’ says Nikki. ‘The workout Tanya has created is extremely tough, but we hope people will enjoy the challenge. We’re looking forward to being updated on everyone’s finishing times.’
Anyone wishing to take on the Scotty Challenge can register at www.thescottychallenge.com and see what the workout entails.
While taking part is free, there is an option to make the suggested donation of £10 (or other) to raise funds that will help provide long-term support for the children of the fallen. All proceeds from the challenge will go direct to Scotty’s Little Soldiers (charity number 1136854).
- To find out more about the Scotty Challenge, or to sign up, click here
- To learn more about Scotty’s Little Soldiers click here
About Scotty’s Little Soldiers
Scotty’s Little Soldiers, founded in 2010, honours Corporal Lee Scott’s memory – both as a loyal soldier and a loving father – and provides a practical yet personal way for the public at large to show their appreciation for those brave individuals who make the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.
Currently, Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports 395 bereaved children, and runs a variety of programmes to help children smile again and look forward to a brighter future.
In 2012, Nikki won the Sun Military Awards for her support to the Armed Forces, while in 2018 Scotty’s Little Soldiers was honoured to be one of seven charities chosen to benefit from donations marking the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle.
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