Herald - Issue 375

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Not ones to make it easy on themselves, they have chosen to do this unsupported over 10 days, staying at Youth Hostels, Air BNB’s and Travel Lodges. ey are putting themselves through the prospect of saddle sores and tired legs in aid of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, the charity for bereaved British Forces children. Sadly, the charity is supporting over 300 children following the death of a serving parent. Jon’s new found love of cycling came a er he joined the Saints Goal programme with the Saints Foundation, the charitable arm of Southampton Football Club. A er losing over 4 stone whilst on the course, Jon decided to repay the Foundation by cycling on their annual Big Bike Challenge. It was during the challenge that he met Mark, a British Cycling Ride Leader. Jon continued to cycle a er the bike ride and earlier this year he also quali ed as a Ride Leader. Jon said,” ‘I became aware of Scotty’s through a friend, Laura, whose husband Nick unfortunately passed away from cancer whilst serving as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force. I learnt how the charity supported the children by helping them smile again. To make happy memories through day trips and by hosting Christmas parties with other bereaved children, so they know they are not alone in how they feel. They provide them with development opportunities such as educational grants and by supporting them through counselling. Dealing with the death of a parent at any age is difficult but dealing with the death of a serving parent, regardless of the cause of death, can really be challenging for a child given the extra stress of being in a military family. I served in the Royal Air Force for approximately 15 years and many of those I worked alongside in the RAF Regiment. One thing the Regt taught me was the ethos than no man would be left behind. Sadly, these soldiers, sailors and airmen and women have left us, but I feel it’s my duty to make sure that their kids are not left behind. The support they receive from Scotty’s means that the death of their mother or father isn’t necessarily the end of their world. It’s a fantastic charity and I feel it’s a privilege to be able to fund raise for them’. Mark and Jon will set o from Lands End on Tuesday 10th September and will deviate from the usual LEJOG route to go through Manchester to ensure that their route is over 1,000 miles. Anyone wishing to donate or sponsor them can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/scottylejog or email: lejog@nottherealjon. blog As well as fund raising at local shops and a quiz night at the Turfcutters, they have been cycling on static bikes for several hours at the Lymington Armed Forces Day held last month and also completed fundraising at Sainsbury’s Lordshill. Scotty’s Little Soldiers was the brain child of Nikki Scott, following the death of her husband Lee Scott who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan. Families of all three branches of the military are supported and as well as supporting the unfortunate families of personnel who died in Afghanistan and Iraq, they also support the families of military families such as Drummer Lee Rigby and Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux who was murdered in Jon’s home town of Southampton. If you would like to follow their journey or to know any more, please email lejog@ nottherealjon.blog or call Jon on 07725 00426 Jon Smith (left) and Mark Traves (right) e Woodside Singers is a four part choir based in the New Forest which has been delighting audiences for nearly 40 years. Woodside Singers are currently recruiting all voice parts. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings in term time from 7.30pm to 9pm at Hounsdown School, near Totton, Southampton, SO40 9FT. To read more about e Woodside Singers please visit www. woodsidesingers.co.uk Additional updates can be found by following them on Twitter @woodsidesingers or on Facebook, Woodside Singers WOODSIDE SINGERS

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