Scotty’s Little Soldiers announce first 100km Woof Walk challenge

Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity for bereaved military children, announce brand-new fundraising event, the 100km Woof Walk.

Are you a dog owner? If so, Scotty’s Little Soldiers are challenging you and your furry friend to walk 100km over the course of August. Most dog owners go on walks every day, so why not raise money for bereaved military children while you do it? Every penny raised helps ensure Scotty’s Little Soldiers can continue to offer much needed emotional, educational and practical support to children who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

When you sign-up you will receive a printable Woof Walk tracker to help easily record the distance you’ve covered, and once you’ve raised £150 we’ll send you an exclusive Scotty’s Woof Walk bandana for your pooch to wear with pride.

Whether your fundraising partner is a Poodle or Pomeranian, Golden Retriever or Great Dane, they’d love you to get involved. It doesn’t matter if your dog is big or small, long-haired or short, calm or crazy – every four-legged friend is welcome to take part.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a charity dedicated to supporting children and young people (0 to 25 years) who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces.

Inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott, following the death of her husband Corporal Lee Scott in Afghanistan in 2009, the charity, which was set up in 2010, provides support and guidance to hundreds of bereaved military children and young people throughout their childhood.

Services offered to Scotty’s members include access to child bereavement support, guidance to parents and carers, personal education and learning assistance (including grants), and fun activities such as holiday respite breaks and group events. These are all designed to remind the children and young people supported by Scotty’s that they are not alone.

Scotty’s services are delivered through four Family Programmes:

  • The SMILES Programme is all about fun and engagement and includes activities, gifts, respite breaks and group events to help bereaved military children and young people smile again and remind them they are part of a supportive community.
  • The SUPPORTProgramme looks after emotional health and wellbeing and includes 1:1 bereavement support.
  • The STRIDES Programme focuses on education and development needs and promotes a positive attitude to learning.
  • The SPRINGBOARD Programme provides support to young adults ages 18-25 and assists with opportunities to develop their education and learning, build a career and enhance life skills.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers’ founder, Nikki, said:

“New challenges are always so exciting, and the Woof Walk is no different! Most dog owners go on walks daily, so this August, why not raise money for bereaved military children while you do it? The weather is lovely at the moment and I can’t wait to see people getting out in the sun with their dogs by their side. Every donation helps ensure Scotty’s can continue providing bereaved military children and young people with the support they need.”

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