Rufus Morris has been named ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ for coping while his Dad is deployed overseas with the RAF and his Mum works for the NHS during the Covid crisis. Rufus’ Dad serves with the RAF Regiment and has been in Afghanistan since September. He had been due home in March, but his return date has now been pushed back indefinitely. Meanwhile Rufus’ Mum is a lung doctor at Royal Papworth Hospital and is now working shifts on intensive care looking after Covid patients. While his Mum is working, Rufus has been going to stay with his Grandma.
Rufus’ Mum, Caroline, comments: “Rufus has been very brave about being separated from both of his parents and has been busy painting rainbows to display in support of all our key workers. He is very proud of us but we are even more proud of him. He is truly our light in this horrid time. He is thrilled to be named Little Trooper of the Month, even more so as we have been using the Little Troopers separation packs to help him understand and deal with his Dad’s ongoing deployment.”
Louise Fetigan, Founder of Little Troopers, adds: “We’ve heard from lots of military families who have been impacted by the pandemic in some way; from deployment return dates being cancelled to personnel being called away from home to work as part of the Covid taskforce. We had many worthy nominations for this month’s award, but we felt that having two parents working away from home to serve our country was an exceptional circumstance that must be incredibly difficult. Rufus is a real inspiration to all our Little Troopers out there.” Rufus will receive a Little Troopers medal, certificate and special prize as part of his award.