Prince Harry writes to bereaved children at Scotty's Little Soldiers, a UK Armed Forces Charity

On what is Remembrance Day in the UK, Prince Harry wrote to bereaved children assisted by the UK charity Scotty's Little Soldiers.  In his letter Harry spoke of having the children in his hearts and thoughts, saying that he and the children shared the bond of having lost a parent.

Harry expressed that even though these children have lost a parent, either a mom or dad, he hoped that the children felt strength knowing that the love by their lost parent for them, lived on. Harry encouraged the children when they have tough days, to lean into their friends at Scotty's Little Soldiers for support. 

Harry wrote of his continuing admiration and respect for the soldiers who have given their lives for the rest of us. Harry gave a special mention to the children who (wearing their distinctive black and yellow stripped scarfs) would represent the charity at the 2022 Remembrance Day service in London, with Harry saying that whilst this would be hard for them to do, they were doing an important thing in bringing attention to themselves and the charity that supports them.  

Scotty's Little Soldiers was launched in 2010 by Nikki Scott a mother of two children whose husband was killed during his 2009 tour of Afghanistan. The charity is dedicated to supporting bereaved British Forces children, that is children whose parents are either killed in action or who have otherwise died be it by accident, suicide, or whilst serving. The charity brings bereaved children together and provides support to their families. 

Harry has supported the charity, its children & families, for quite a few years including by hosting a Party at the Palace in 2017 and sending a surprise Christmas video message in 2019. The charity was also one of the 7 charities Meghan and Harry recommended well-wishers donate to for their May 2018 wedding.

Per their website, Scotty’s say that they provide opportunities for "children to smile again" by offering them holidays at Scotty Lodges, gifts at difficult times of the year, special experiences and an amazing Christmas party. As well as fun activities the charity also offers wellbeing support and provides access to professional bereavement counselling.  They also provide educational support and deliver a range of grants to help older kids with their personal development. These grants can cover the cost of music lessons, swimming clubs, after school activities, driving lessons and even University tuition fees. 

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