Widow of Fenland soldier to commemorate charity’s first anniversary with skydive
WHEN Cpl Lee Scott was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2009, his younger child, Brooke, was only seven months old with no memories of her father.
But two years since his death, the youngster lovingly points to a picture of her hero and knows that it’s her daddy.
Nikki Scott and her son, Kai, seven, find it hard to explain to the two-year-old what happened to Cpl Scott as they, too, continue to come to terms with their loss.
But together, the family are focusing on the charity Mrs Scott founded in memory of her husband which provides treats for the families of servicemen and women who lose their lives in action.
This has seen the family, who live in Walpole St Andrew, help out on a stall in King’s Lynn which promoted the charity and raised hundreds of pounds.
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Nikki, 29, is also gearing up to commemorate the first anniversary of Scotty’s Little Soldiers by taking part in a skydive later this month.
She said: “Both my kids are doing really well even though Lee’s death is still very fresh.
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“Kai continues to be very up and down and gets upset and has the occasional nightmare. But what has helped Kai has been that his friends at school have heard about the charity and talk to him about it and about his dad.
“There is no doubt the charity has helped to keep us going even though it has been quite draining at times.”
As well as providing a birthday gift, or a visit to a zoo, Mrs Scott hopes that Scotty’s Little Soldiers will be able to buy holiday homes so the families can have breaks away.
The charity is aiming to raise �450,000 to buy three homes and maintain them and has so far raised around �70,000.
“Holidays have done my children the world of good,” Mrs Scott said. “They get you away from the everyday strains of life and we hope by next summer that we will be in a position to buy the first home.
“I think Lee would be delighted and really proud with how much we have achieved in such a short space of time.”
The mum-of-two will jump out of a plane and parachute into a field in Wimblington on August 29 and admits she is not looking forward to it because of her fear of heights.
But she said: “I am determined to do it because I have quite a few sponsors already and it will hopefully raise a lot of money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
“I also want to do it because I read so many e-mails everyday from people doing similar things for the charity and I feel it’s time I did something myself.”
Cpl Scott, 26, was serving with the 2nd Royal Tank Regt at the time of his death.
• To sponsor Mrs Scott go to www.bmycharity.com/nikkiscott
• For more information about the charity go to www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk