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Long standing supporters of Little Troopers BM Caterers ~ Fundraising Dinner April 2024

Did you know that April is the official month of the military child? It’s a time of year when we invite people from outside the forces community to take a moment to think about the many thousands of children who have a parent (or in some cases, both parents) serving in the British Armed Forces. Many people don’t realise there are in fact around 100,000 military children in the UK, across the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force and reserves.

As the founder of the charity Little Troopers, I have been championing military children since 2011 and BM has been one of our biggest supporters since day one.

BM Director, Wendy Bartlett, is a founding trustee and has supported us on our journey every step of the way for the last 13 years. From business mentoring, to hosting fundraising dinners, Christmas donation drives and helping us to secure corporate sponsors, we are hugely grateful to BM for all their support. Wendy has also been a guiding voice as a trustee, as our small charity has grown to support thousands of military families every year.

11th April during this Month of the Military Child BM held a fundraising dinner in support of Little Troopers, hosted by one of their client sites Kingsley Napley LLP.

It was a total honour to speak to many BM employees and invited clients about the realities of military life for children and what we as a charity do to support those unique challenges. From ticket sales, raffle and auction to date over £8,000 was raised between the 50 attendees, a huge amount to our charity. The support from all was so appreciated.

Why do military children need support?

A question you might be asking – I often get asked this question – is why do military children need charitable support?

Military life can be a great adventure for children, bringing with it the opportunity to travel the world and meet new people, but a transitory life also comes with its challenges. Having a parent deployed on military operations for months at a time is understandably hard. And moving home and school every few years, saying goodbye to old friends and having to make new ones, is never easy, no matter how many times you have to do it.

I know about these challenges first-hand. I served in the British Army and my husband has just completed a 24-year career. Our daughter (who is now at university) really struggled with some of the day-to-day realities of being a military child and when I looked for support, I found that it was lacking. I decided there was a need to set-up a new tri-service charity to support any child who has a parent serving in the British Armed Forces, both regular and reserve.

Our charity’s goal is to ensure that military children never feel alone. We want children to know they are part of a special community of young people who have a shared experience and that support is available whenever they need it and wherever they end up living. That consistent support is of great comfort to forces children who can lean on our charity in times of need, share their stories with other military children and feel proud of their identity as a little trooper. We truly believe that given the right support, military children can use their childhood experiences to become more confident and resilient adults.

Tailored support at home and in school

Through our resources, programmes, events and initiatives, Little Troopers supports children at home and in school. Nearly 1,000 schools now use the Little Troopers at School programme and tens of thousands of military families have used our resources and initiatives at home including our separation packs, birthday cards, wellbeing videos and Little Troopers Gazette newspaper.

In the past two years, the charity has expanded further, introducing a Therapy Programme for children of all ages, which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and a deployment club called All Together, offering residential breaks for teenagers and other activities for younger children. None of this would be possible without the support of our funders, corporate sponsors and fundraisers.

On behalf of all military children out there, a huge thank you to everyone at BM for your unwavering support and enthusiasm. Showing military children that you understand their unique life experiences and care about their wellbeing, really does make a huge difference.

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About Louise

Louise herself served in the British Army and saw active service in Kosovo. Her husband is a serving soldier who has undertaken six operational tours of duty since their daughter was born in 2003. Louise is passionate about helping all the Little Troopers at home through the anxiety of deployment and also the stress of a long course or exercise having experienced first hand the impact it can have.

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