Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
10:50 AM 11th February 2021

Company Fuels Funding For Children’s Military Charity

Yorkshire’s Cox Automotive is supporting children who have lost a parent who served in the Armed Forces, with a donation of £1,620 through its employee-led charity foundation.

The Rothwell based automotive services organisation, which has 15 auction centres spread across the UK, made the donation to Scotty’s Little Soldiers, a national charity which supports children who have lost a parent who served in the Armed Forces, following an application for funds submitted by employee, Matthew Bamber.

Matthew, aka ‘The Fridge Hiker’ and an avid supporter of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, had originally planned this year to raise money for the charity by completing a hike through the Peak District with his fridge strapped to his back. However, due to the current situation he has postponed his challenge until next summer.

Despite this, Cox Automotive agreed to pledge a large donation to help support the charity at a time when they need it the most.

Discussing the donation, Cox Automotive’s Strategic Account Director and Community Foundation Chairman Gerry Whittington said:
“As a company we couldn’t be prouder to be helping incredible charities within our local communities. Scotty’s Little Soldiers is a prime example of a charity that does so much for so many people, and truly deserves our support.

“Two or three times a year, Cox Automotive provides the opportunity for employees to put forward worthwhile charities close to their hearts, to receive donations from the business. As a family-owned company, we’re incredibly passionate about ‘doing the right thing’ and making a difference to the people in our local communities. Since 2014 we’ve helped 176 charities and aim to support many more over the coming years.

Discussing Matthew’s Scotty’s Little Soldiers application, Gerry said:
“From the application that Matthew put forward, it was clear that Scotty’s was a charity close to his heart. The application completely tugged at our heart strings and we knew instantly that we wanted to make a donation.”

Using the money donated, three families who have lost a loved one who served in the Armed Forces will be provided with a Scotty’s respite break, allowing them to create new and happy memories together as a family.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers was founded in 2010 by war widow Nikki Scott, a year after her husband, Corporal Lee Scott, was killed in action. Nikki saw the devastating impact on their two young children and wanted to help others in the same situation.

The charity arranges for bereaved Forces families to go on respite breaks, organises special events, sends presents to the children at extra difficult times of year, offers wellbeing care, as well as educational support and grants. Being part of the Scotty community reminds hundreds of bereaved Forces children they aren’t alone.

In recent months, the charity has had to adapt to the current climate and has been using modern technology to arrange exciting virtual events and activities to engage with its members, ensuring them that in uncertain times such as these they are not alone. They’ve also been providing a high volume of wellbeing support to families who are suffering from enhanced anxiety and other problems due to the current health crisis.

Nikki said:
“We cannot thank businesses like Cox Automotive enough for their generous donation which will help us provide integral support to children who have suffered such a devastating loss. Matthew has been an incredible supporter of Scotty’s, so we’d like to say a big thank you to him for putting us forward for the donation and we can’t wait to hear more about his fridge hiking challenge next year.

“Respite breaks are so incredibly important in bringing families back together to create memories in a safe place, where they can smile and feel like themselves again. With Cox Automotive’s donation, we’ll be able to send three Scotty’s families on a respite break which they so incredibly deserve.”

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