//
you're reading...
Writing

Scotty’s Little Soldiers – A grown man tears up


scottyFor as long as I can remember, I have been interested in the military, war and weaponry. I grew up in the days when it was okay to give your children toy guns and send them off to do battle with the kids from the next street along. I was even given a paratrooper’s uniform – with putties – and a knife with a blade that retracted when you stabbed your enemy. It was, quite honestly, lush.

My fascination with uniforms continued as I joined the Cubs, then the Scouts, then the Air Cadets, the Officer Training Corp and, finally, the Special Constables. I never did realise my dream of joining the armed forces as my eyesight was too bad to join the branches I wanted to; Military Police, Military Intelligence and the RAF Regiment.

Friends of my did however. Two of them are dead thanks to IEDS and one of my closest friends, my little brother in all but name, is currently out in Afghanistan, ‘living the dream’ as they call it. I’ve always thought it must be hard on the families of service personnel, seeing the person that they love go off for months at a home, sometimes to never return, but I’ve never really thought about the wives/husbands. They, after all is said and done, made the choice to marry/partner up with someone in the armed forces. I’ve always felt for the kids.

So, imagine how I felt this morning as I was having a cup of tea before starting work, when I saw Nikki Scott of Scotty’s Little Soldiers talking about the work that her charity does for children who have lost a parent. The bare bones of the background is that she lost her own husband, Corporal Lee Scott, who was sadly killed in Afghanistan in July 2009 leaving behind her and their two young children. Nine months or so after that horrible event, she took her children on holiday and, seeing her son smiling in the pool, realised that it was the first time nine months she had seen him smile. I most certainly teared up then. Being a father of two amazing kids, I would hate to see them so hurt, and I empathise far too easily.

As a result of seeing her, hearing her talk about the great work that they do for children, and how doing this has helped her and her children, I’ve contacted the charity and made them an offer that they’ll hopefully take me up on. We’ve all heard of the Royal Legion and Help For Heroes, and they do amazing work – which again I’m hoping to support next year – but I think it’s far more important to put a smile back on the faces of kids that have lost one of the most important people in their lives, and start healing wounds that no-one can see, but which will be with them forever.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Scotty’s Little Soldiers – A grown man tears up

  1. I’m a Scotty mummy. What Nikki does is amazing, and she really has helped my boy smile. 3years later, and the boy is getting through. Scotty’s has given him chances to do things, experience things, build new memories.

    Thankyou for watching Nikki. Thankyou for caring about my son.

    Like

    Posted by itwillallbefine | December 19, 2012, 8:38 pm
    • Thanks for reading the article, I’m so glad to hear that your boy is starting to get through things. I lost my father when I was an adult and my daughter was just two weeks old. She’s 9 now and I’m finally starting to remember the good things and get over the anger issues I had.

      I hope you have a great Christmas, with lots of laughs and smiles.

      Like

      Posted by mattsylvester | December 19, 2012, 11:58 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow Matthew Sylvester on WordPress.com

Categories

Supporters

%d bloggers like this: