Harry Green, who is currently living overseas with his family in Cyprus, has been awarded ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ after being nominated by his Mum, Stephanie. Harry’s Dad serves in the British Army.
Harry’s mum told us:
“Harry is 9 years old; he is incredibly energetic has lots of knowledge and a real love of dinosaurs. He is very creative often building structures, Lego or drawing. He is a very happy smiley boy always thinking of others, making people laugh and smile by telling jokes or making funny dances.
Harry has 3 siblings, Lillie, Lewis and Emily.
Oct 2019- May 2020 Harry’s Dad was deployed on operational duty in Afghanistan due to the pandemic he stayed slightly longer than anticipated.
Dad missed Christmas with us as a family. He missed, Emily’s 2nd birthday and he Lewis’s 11th birthday. We made balloons with Dad’s face on whilst we celebrated those birthdays through the first UK lockdown.
As well as coping with his Dad working away from home a lot, Harry also had to say goodbye to close friends, family and dog Luna. When we moved overseas to Cyprus in November 2020.
Harry spent some months struggling to settle into School and make new friendships especially as the Covid lockdown prevented him from meeting new friends or exploring his new home.
Harry then had some worrying medical issues but thankfully his brain scans where clear and he was suffering with abdominal migraines.
We began settling more as family and Harry began building some real friendships however, the challenges of covid were still ever present here in Cyprus with restrictions often been more restrictive than the UK.
Harry was isolated over 20 times missing much education and time with his new friends.
The summer holidays of 2021 finally arrived and then suddenly Dad was deployed on operation throughout summer holidays.
As a family we worried but tried to avoid the news and keep busy as a family minus one. On Dads return he caught covid and so once again we all were isolated this time not minding so much as Harry had missed Dad.
Harry then despite still suffering frequent abdominal migraines and further isolations showed what a trooper he is. Harry always finds a way to lift everyone’s spirits by doing silly dances, telling jokes, or just giving everyone a big hug.
Harry caught covid in March and very unwell but after rest and 11 days isolation he was at sports day with his big smile ready to go, despite dad working and me now having covid and being isolated, unable to attend. Other military mums/ friends cheered Harry on for us and even sent us videos and Face Timed whilst he was participating, we are forever grateful for that.
Harry has made some lovely friendships some he is taking with him as we move to UK this summer. He’s enjoying school and extracurricular activities such as football, choir and cricket. And despite the challenge of the last few years we have still managed to explore some beautiful places on this island as family.”
As ‘Little Trooper of the Month’, Harry will receive a Little Troopers medal, certificate and a £50 voucher.
Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, said: “Having a parent deployed is one of the hardest challenges that military children go through, so to have to cope with deployments, as well as moving overseas with the military, will have been especially difficult for Harry and his family. We hope this award helps Harry to recognise just how special he is and how proud we all are of him for being such a little trooper.”
This months Little Trooper of the Month has been kindly supported by Anderson Education.
Anderson Education, the UK boarding school specialists, have been supporting Forces families for over 20 years. We offer free impartial advice and guidance and help families through the process of selecting the right school for their children. Our UK Boarding School Exhibitions provide the opportunity for families to talk to school representatives and find out what the schools have to offer. Check our website for dates and venues. Contact us today www.andersoneducation.co.uk