Scotty's Little Soldiers brighten up station in memory of soldier born in Ely
PUBLISHED: 14:39 18 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:39 18 July 2016
A charity set up in memory of a soldier who was born in Ely has adopted King's Lynn railway station as part of its ongoing work to support bereaved children who have lost a parent serving in the British Armed Forces.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded in memory of Cpl Lee Scott, who was born in Ely and killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2009. It has raised thousands since it was launched by Cpl Scott’s wife Nikki in 2010.
The money has helped support more than 100 children of fallen servicemen and women, buy two holiday lodges and fund stays in them.
Scotty’s Little Soldiers is now teaming up with Great Northern to maintain the gardens surrounding the station.
To mark the partnership, pupils and teachers from West Lynn School joined volunteers from the charity and Great Northern staff to plant new flowers which the charity will now look after.
The group of children from the school will be rewarded with a trip to London as a thank you from Great Northern for all of their help and support.
Ms Scott said: “We’d like to say thank you to Great Northern for the garden - it will be lovely to get stuck in and watch it bloom throughout the year.
“Having our own garden is such a fantastic way to raise awareness of Scotty’s Little Soldiers. We want to reach out to as many bereaved military families in the UK as possible.”
Karen Gregson, Great Northern group station manager, said: “I would like to thank all of the children, teachers and volunteers for coming along to help us plant our new flowers.
“We are extremely honoured to be partnered with Scotty’s Little Soldiers and look forward to welcoming the charity throughout the year.”