Rugby match, music and fun raises money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill at the Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day

Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill at the Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day - Credit: Archant

A rugby match, family fun and music into the night saw people from across Britain travel to the Fens to take part to help raise funds for local military charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill at the Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day

Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill at the Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day - Credit: Archant

The charity day raised more than £800 for the charity dedicated to supporting children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces.

Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill at the Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day

Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill at the Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day - Credit: Archant

Tanya porter, organised the fund raiser as the 11th of 14 dedicated to supporting Scotty’s ahead of competition in the great North Run next month.

Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill at the Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day

Chatteris boxer Jordan Gill at the Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day - Credit: Archant

Tanya said: “The weather was great and the turn out impressive.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

“We had the British Legion standard bearers as a guard of honour and charity founder Nicky and her children attended which was great.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant


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“The Scotty’s team won 36-17 and had players from across the country travel here to take part.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

“It was a fantastic day and worth all the hard work.”

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

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The March Rugby Club was packed with fun fair rides, stalls, a bird of prey demonstration, refreshments and games.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

There was a spitfire fly past and a set of stocks.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

In the evening local singers and bands entertained into the night.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Tanya said she wanted to help Scotty’s Little Soldier’s as she was at school with the sister of Corporal Lee Scott - in whose name the charity was dedicated to seven years ago by his widow Nicky.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Scotty’s supports families in a range of ways including fun activities for children and emotional support with counselling.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

They also send hundreds of bereaved Forces families on respite breaks to give them the opportunity to make some new happy memories.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

There are six Scotty Lodges – fully equipped luxury mobile homes located on Haven Holiday Parks across the UK – as well as long weekend breaks at Center Parcs and weekend stays at theme park resorts such as Legoland available for families to enjoy.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Nikki Scott, founder, said: “The idea was to have somewhere bereaved families could go and not have to worry about anything.

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter

Scotty's Little Soldiers fun day PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

“The fridge has supplies, there are spare nappies in the cupboard, there are toys and games, there’s a high chair, everything a family could need.

“So, they can just rock up and begin to enjoy their time together – we even cover the cost of their fuel to get there. That’s what the Scotty Lodges are all about.”

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