Little Troopers Treasures app release July 2017

New app brings military families together at bedtime Little Troopers Treasures – A new app is helping to keep our serving men and women connected with their families through the magic of stories while they are away from home. The app, which has been supported by Harper Collins Children’s Books and ABF The Soldier’s Charity, has now been launched to our Forces and their families nationwide. “My little man was really missing his daddy, who’s in Iraq at the moment, even came out of school crying. When we got home he asked if he could have daddy read him one of ‘those new books’. It’s helped him so much this afternoon. I can’t thank you enough for this app, it’s just wonderful!!! Xxxx” Available exclusively to military personnel, the app allows the serving person to choose a book for their child and record a video reading synchronised to the pages turning. The app features a range much-loved children’s ebooks including Judith Kerr’s Mog books, Michael Bond’s wonderful Paddington, adventures from Emma Chichester-Clark’s Blue Kangaroo as well as stories from Bing. Little Troopers Treasures has been developed by the charity Little Troopers; which supports children of our British Armed Forces through the separation that is often part of military life. Little Troopers was ounded by Louise Fetigan who herself served in the British Army and who is also married to a serving soldier. Louise said “I’m so pleased that we can offer this app to our British Armed Forces families. Night time is always hard when parents are away as the children often ask for Mummy or Daddy at bedtime. It will be so lovely for them to see a video and hear their voice through a special story. Our aim is to help families stay connected through time apart and this will truly help with that.” Parents serving in the British Armed Forces can be away from home for up to nine months of the year, with many children experiencing repeated and sometimes concurrent separation. Access to communication can vary and often be sporadic, Skype and video calls cannot be replied upon. Little Troopers Treasures is a free, easy to use app that can make story time precious every day. Executive Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books, Ann-Janine Murtagh said, “We are immensely proud to partner with Little Troopers on this wonderful project which will allow children to connect with their parents and to enjoy the magic of a story even when they are separated. To know that our servicemen and women can still read a story to their child, whilst doing such a vital job, is invaluable and we are delighted to play a part in that.” You can find out more about Little Troopers Treasures by visitingwww.littletroopers.net/Treasures or the App store. Ends For further information please contact Cheryl Randeria on 07810 697957 or [email protected] Case studies and videos of children watching their stories for the first time are available. Photo Captions: Curtis Aitken, Engineering Technician in the Royal Navy