Walpole war widow receives prestigious award for her tireless charity work

AN INSPIRATIONAL mother whose husband was killed in Afghanistan three years ago has been recognised for her charity work.

Nikki Scott, from Walpole St Andrew, was inspired by the plight of Kai, her eight year old son, to set up Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a charity which provides treats and trips to the children of fallen soldiers.

The mother of two was crowned the East’s Family Hero at the 4Children and Take a Break Magazine UK Family Heroes Awards 2012.

Mrs Scott became an army widow in 2009 and has devoted herself to helping Kai cope with the loss of his father while caring for Brooke, her three year old daughter.

After months of watching her son grieving for his father, Nikki decided they had to get away and take a holiday.

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While on holiday she noticed that Kai’s sadness seemed to lift and he returned to his usual happy self.

Mrs Scott said she was humbled to receive such a prestigious award.

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She said: “It’s a bit weird to be honest – but a privilege and I am really honoured to be here and to be a part of this.

“I want to work as much as I can and as hard as I can on Scotty’s Little Soldiers to make it as widely known as possible.

“I am doing this for him as well as myself because I know that he would want me to help children and do as much as I can for those living with the same challenges as me.”

Tony Hares, one of Mrs Scott’s friends, paid tribute to the mother for her selfless work which he said really helps grieving families.

He said: “Nikki set up this charity from nothing in such a difficult time in her life.

“She devotes every second to the children. I think she deserves a little something back to show how much her work and charity mean to the people and families who she helps.”

Nikki received her award at a black tie gala dinner in London hosted by Magic FM DJ, Neil Fox and TV and Radio Presenter Emma Forbes.

4Children and Take a Break Magazine launched The Family Heroes Awards in 2011, with the winners selected from 11 UK regions.

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