Little Trooper of the Month

Caleb Gardner

January 2016

Cayleb Gardner – Age 5

Cayleb had surgery in January 2016 to repair a hydrocel. He has been so brave and hasn’t let it dampen his spirits despite it meaning he has needed a 4 week break from his much loved taekwondo. Just a short time after his operation Cayleb waved goodbye to his daddy ( whom he calls his best buddy) as he left for deployment on board a submarine. As if he hasn’t had enough to deal with the surgery hasnt been a success therefore he will need to have the procedure repeated. After being such a Little Trooper it seemed fit to nominate such a brave little boy who lights up everyone’s life with his smile.

Cayleb was nominated by his mum Laura and his father serves with the Royal Navy HMS VENGEANCE

Louise Fetigan, founder of Little Troopers says “the trustee board unanimously felt Cayleb had to win the award this month, such bravery and having to wave his daddy off. We try to award Little Trooper fo the Month to children who not only deal with the unique challenges of service life but also exceptional circumstances on top of that, Cayleb has definitely faced many challenges and at just 5 years old. We send all our love to Cayleb and hope he’s back to Taekwondo soon!”


Caleb Gardner

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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.

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