Organisation providing support for bereaved Armed Forces children becomes Goughs’ charity of the year

March 21, 2024

Regional law firm Goughs Solicitors has selected Scotty’s Little Soldiers as its charity of the year.

Scotty’s Little Soldiers supports children and young people who have experienced the death of a parent who served in the British Armed Forces. 

It aims to provide long-term support to the child and work to maintain their connection to the Armed Forces community and ensure that every bereaved British Forces child has access to the very best emotional support, outstanding development opportunities and the chance to smile again.

Goughs, which has seven offices across Wiltshire, including in Chippenham, Trowbridge, Melksham and Corsham, prides itself on connecting with, and supporting, its local communities.

With Wiltshire’s close ties to the military, the firm has a long-established Armed Forces sector which looks to provide specialist legal advice to those serving, as well as veterans.

As a result, the firm said this year’s charity was intrinsically linked to its values and ethos.

Goughs staff will now take part in a range of events and challenges across the coming year, starting with the Corsham 10K on 21 April, in which eight employees will be running in support of Scotty’s Little Soldiers. 

The Scotty’s May Marathon will then take place before a cycling challenge, ‘Tour de Scotty’, later in the Summer. 

Follow the Goughs social channels to follow what the team are up to and to show your support.

Goughs partner Emma Taylor said: "Once again we received so many incredibly worthy applications to become our charity of the year, that selecting just one was extremely tricky. 

“Once narrowed down by the selection committee, the firm then voted for the charity they wanted to fundraise for and personally support. 

“For me, supporting bereaved children in Wiltshire and beyond is something I am really proud to be part of. We look forward to seeing what the year ahead brings and what we can achieve collaboratively."

Nikki Scott, pictured, who founded Norfolk-headquartered Scotty’s in 2010 following the death of her husband Cpl Lee Scott in Afghanistan, added: “Thank you so much to Goughs for selecting Scotty’s as its charity of the year. 

“We currently support more than 650 bereaved military children and young people aged zero to 25 years. 

“Money raised by Goughs will enable us to continue providing our members with a range of support throughout their childhood, including access to one-to-one bereavement support, personal education and learning assistance, and fun activities such as holiday respite breaks and group events, all designed to remind them they are not alone.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers head of fundraising Andy Sloan added: "The work we do is dependent on firms like Goughs stepping forward to show their support, so we are very grateful. 

“The funds their staff and clients raise will directly impact the lives of bereaved military children across the UK and we will ensure they have a lot of fun taking part in our events."

Last year Goughs supported FearFree, a charity working to break the cycle of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking.

Based in Trowbridge, it supports more than 3,500 adults and children every year – not only keeping them safe but helping them to rebuild their lives free from fear and abuse. 

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Goughs Solicitors, which was established in 1882, employs more than 100 people providing legal services for both individuals and businesses including divorce & separation, arrangements for children, employment, Wills, Trusts & Probate, commercial & residential property services and real estate & corporate services.

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