An 11-year-old Isobel Murphy, who’s Dad serves in the Royal Navy, has received our ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ award after being diagnosed with a rare auto inflammatory disease. Izzy was extremely poorly before her diagnosis and spent two weeks at Bristol’s Children’s Hospital. After returning home, she was determined to go back to school to take her SATs tests and achieved fantastic results. She has been regularly in and out of hospital since but started secondary school in September with a spring in her step and a smile on her face.
Louise Fetigan, Founder of Little Troopers, adds: “The Little Trooper of the Month scheme is about recognising military children who have been exceptionally brave, inspirational or just extra special against all odds. When we saw Isobel’s nomination it was clear that she is a real Little Trooper and has shown amazing strength and resilience. We are all very proud of her.”
Mum, Antonia, nominated Izzy for the award. Antonia comments: “Izzy’s journey with this critical illness is far from over, but she has made us so proud with her continued determination. She really has been incredible throughout. She is such a wonderful, sparky girl with a big heart and a big personality and she inspires us every day with her positive outlook on life.”
Izzy received a Little Troopers medal, certificate and cinema vouchers as part of her award. Speaking about her win, she said: “I feel really lucky to have been recognised by Little Troopers and I can’t wait to treat my friends to a trip to the cinema.”
Nominations* for Little Trooper of the Month are welcomed from Unit Welfare Offices, Community Development Workers, Schools/Nurseries and of course our little trooper’s parents. We accept nominations for any child with a parent or step parent currently serving with the British Army, Royal Navy or Royal Air Force; wherever they live, Reserve or regular, parents married or unmarried.
Our monthly winner will receive a special prize, certificate and lasting recognition of a customised, unique medal. Get your nominations in now. (The nomination form is at the bottom of the page).
* Children can only win once. Children of any age can be nominated. Please ensure all the information you submit is true and correct stating if the child is a step child/has a different father or mother to serving person.