Inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott following the death of her husband Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009, Scotty's Little Soldiers provides assistance to hundreds of bereaved Forces children around the UK every year.
The charity had identified significant gaps in the support available to bereaved Forces families, and were looking to appoint a therapeutic member of the team to drive this area of the charity forward and in doing so, provide a first point of contact for families in distress.
Described by the charity's CEO as "the most single more impactful activity since the charity started and something which for some time our families have been asking for", Annington agreed to fund this new role with a donation of £50,000.
Bev Townsend the new Head of Support - pictured here with Jane Harsham, Annington's CR Manager, Edward Key, Scotty's Staff Ambassador and the rest of the Scotty's team - was appointed in the spring of 2019. To learn more about her work, click here.
* In April 2020 alone, at the height of the initial outbreak, the charity dealt with 134 Support cases (compared with 53 in the previous month).
* 629 children particpated in specially created virtual events.
* 55% of the families that Scotty's engaged with during 2020 sought specific emotional health and wellbeing support.
* Scotty's were the partner which most felt the impact from the cancellation of public fundraising events and so Annington made an additional donation of £30,000. Furthermore, we pledged our support for the FY 2021/22 and will continue to support the Head of Support role with a donation of £50,000.