Monday 8th June 2020
Scotty’s Little Soldiers is committed to providing integral care to hundreds of children across the UK who have lost a parent who served in the British Armed Forces, and the charity is inviting it’s supporters to join Overwatch – a new way to look out for the children left behind by our fallen heroes.
Overwatch is a chance for the public to join a community of generous, passionate and determined people who are committed to supporting bereaved British Forces children and to help them smile again. They can watch over the children from a distance, but make sure they are getting the support they need throughout their childhood.
So how does it work? Anyone who wants to play their part in ensuring the children of our fallen heroes are supported can subscribe to Overwatch by pledging a monthly donation to Scotty’s Little Soldiers. The individual chooses the amount, whatever is right for them. Those that sign up will be given exclusive access to an online portal, providing them with video content and information that shows how their support directly helps bereaved British Forces children.
Stuart Robinson, Scotty’s Little Soldiers CEO, said:
“We don’t want people to just sign up and give each month and never hear from us, we want them to feel connected and part of the process. Overwatch is a great way for people to feel part of the Scotty’s Little Soldiers community. Supporters that subscribe will have access to a monthly detailed film showing what we have been working on behind-the-scenes, so they can see how we spend the funds that are generously donated.”
100% of the funds generated through Overwatch will go on directly supporting bereaved British Forces children to ensure they have a brighter future, and by becoming a member of the Overwatch community, subscribers will get exclusive access to how Scotty’s Little Soldiers provides that support.
As well as having access to a secure Overwatch website where these films will be uploaded, other benefits include a monthly Impact Report, news updates, competitions, exclusive merch and much more.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded by war widow Nikki Scott in 2010 after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in Afghanistan, leaving behind two young children. The charity does lots of things to support its members, including providing access to the very best health and wellbeing care, offering outstanding development opportunities through a range of activity and educational grants, and putting smiles back on those brave faces by providing respite breaks, organising special events, posting them birthday and Christmas presents and remembering the anniversary of their parent’s death.
In the first episode of Overwatch, which was filmed in March, subscribers will see how the Scotty’s team responded to being in lockdown and adapted their support to ensure the children continue to feel looked after.
Former SAS-Soldier, Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham, has shot a special promo for Overwatch, in which he talks about why he believes it’s so important to look out for children his comrades have left behind.
“One particular thing that always stands out in my mind is being at the side of a grave and seeing the children see their parent for the last time. These are the people that we always need to really think about and never forget, and always be there to support them.
“I think Scotty’s Little Soldiers is absolutely (vital), we cannot do without it, we need it. Thank god people like this are doing what they are doing. Help support the children of our heroes. Sign up to Overwatch by Scotty’s Little Soldiers.”
To find out more about Overwatch, watch the promo film with SAS hero Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham.
To learn more visit the Scotty’s Little Soldiers website.