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Little Trooper of the Month

Austin Porter

December 2023

Austin Porter, whose Dad serves in the British Army, has been named ‘Little Trooper of the Month’ after a challenging start to life in the past three years. Austin was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis at birth which causes him pain every day and means he cannot digest food without the help of a gastrostomy tube. He has been in and out of hospital for surgery since he was born, often without his Dad by his side because his Dad has been deployed overseas every year for the past six years, and each time he has been away it has been for six months at a time. He is also often sent away on additional military exercises and courses and the family have moved home twice since Austin was born due to military commitments.

Austin lives with his Mum, Dad and older sister MJ (7). His Mum nominated him for the Little Troopers award and says: “Both my children are amazing but I nominated Austin for the award for being the most resilient toughest little cookie ever. He’s been through so much and he’s only three! What he’s been through would be tough for any child, but it’s been especially hard being a military child and not having Daddy around to help and support us through some of the toughest moments. It’s also been difficult to get Austin the continuity of care he needs whilst moving home twice to difference areas of the country. Through everything, Austin keeps his sense of humour and cheeky personality and is always making us smile and laugh. He’s incredibly resilient and we are so proud of our little trooper.”

Austin will now receive a special medal from Little Troopers, along with a £50 gift voucher and certificate.

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers, adds: “Having your parent sent on consecutive overseas deployments would be a really hard experience for any military child, but to be dealing with a chronic health condition on top of this must have been especially difficult for Austin and his family. At just three, Austin sounds like one of the most resilient, brave and kind little troopers out there and we hope that he wears his medal with pride and it helps him to see just how special we all think he is.”

Austin

Austin Porter

Nominate a Trooper of the month!

We want to recognise Little Troopers; children with parents serving in the British Armed Forces who have been exceptionally brave, inspirational or just extra special against all odds. 

This is an opportunity to really celebrate and shine a spotlight on the lives of incredible military children, hear the special stories and give them the recognition they really deserve.

Our monthly winner will receive a special prize, certificate and lasting recognition of a customised, unique medal. We will also shout about how amazing our winners our on our website, social media and other related publications.

Nominations welcomed from Unit Welfare Offices, Community Development Workers, Schools/Nurseries and of course YOU!

If you are not the parent or guardian of the child you are nominating you must ask permission and advise them you are nominating. We will need to contact them directly to progress a nomination if successful.

Unsuccessful nominations will not be contacted.

Please upload a recent photograph we can use for certificate and hall of fame if they win:

Eligible children: 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. Children can only win once. Please only nominate one child per nomination. 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.